Just a few years ago, the Internet was accessed primarily through desktop computers, making it easy for parents to monitor. However, today, young people are connected at all hours through their mobiles.
By following the following tips, techniques, and recommendations for online safety, parents can make sure their children know how to protect themselves from a wide variety of dangers, including cyberbullying, fraud, and identity theft..
The Family Online Safety Institute published a report on identity theft in adolescents, yielding the following figures:
When it comes to sex offenders and cyber-stalkers, a shocking majority get information from their victims online or on social media.
It is important to have conversations with your children about social media, including how to be safe to protect yourself online. As a parent, you can use these six tips to get started:
Talk to your child about what behavior you consider appropriate on social media and set well-defined limits on what is acceptable to post on social media sites and what should not be shared.
It is common for schools and employers to monitor or check youth social media pages.
Remind young people that accepting friend requests from strangers is dangerous.
Sit down with your kids and help them strengthen the security settings of their social media accounts.
Do not allow your children to post problematic photos that can have negative consequences.
Unfortunately, when something is posted on social media, anyone online can use those comments, photos, or videos in any way they want..
Despite the growing attention to cyberbullying, it remains frighteningly common among young people. In fact, BullyingStatstics.org reports that more than 50% of teens have been bullied online, and more than 1 in 3 teens have been the target of threats online. Here are techniques to prevent cyberbullying with your children.
Although it is probably obvious to the perpetrator that their approaches are unwelcome, it is still important for the adolescent to tell the bully to stop..
Make sure your child knows that you do not support cyberbullying under any circumstances, even if it is retaliation against a bully.
Hopefully, telling the cyberbully to stop will end your child's problems. But in case the matter worsens, it is a good idea to save as much evidence as possible. Take screenshots of all the facts, for example.
Almost all social media and email platforms offer blocking options. Young people can block the cyberbully and report it to the administrator of the service that the bully is using to communicate.
We hope this guide is helpful in starting a conversation with your kids about online safety..