Teen Internet Safety
This Sunday, I am speaking to a group of tweens/young teens on internet safety. In preparation for this talk, I spent some time online researching/observing. We all know they are looking to fit in and for attention at this age. That is a fact. The internet seems to have distorted this need to fit in and connect, in some cases, into a very bad thing. Teen internet safety is a crucial topic for we parents to learn and keep up to date on.
I have assembled the articles below which I found helpful/educational/scary/enlightening. The best website I found with the most detailed information is http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us. On this site, I learned of apps that I had never heard of and am now scared of most of them!
A few points to think about:
– Stranger Danger- we preached it to our kids when they were young. Read about some of the apps below- stranger danger is an even bigger danger now.
– Anonymity- In what world is encouraging people to comment on others anonymously a good thing? No world that should exist.
– Check your kids’ phones, ipads, computers. One of the smartest moms I know taught me to have kids charge phones downstairs every night.
– What you kids think is a cute picture is in fact a sexy picture. Teach them not to post those!
The following is just a sample of articles. There are a zillion more.
Bullying goes beyond the playground into virtual world
Schools Watching Kids on the Internet
Keeping Kids Safe Online-
Instagram is a photo and video sharing social networking site
Snapchat is the social media app for smartphones and computers that allows users to send pictures and videos that is unique in that it claims the images exist only 10 seconds or less before “disappearing.”
Ask.fm is an anoymous website/app where you can ask and answer questions
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called “tweets”.
Omegle is an app that allows you to talk to strangers.
ANONYMOUS! The platform, which connects nearby users automatically, doesn’t require that people identify themselves by name, but instead allows users to post anonymously or use an alias.
Voxer is an app that turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie.
Tinder is an app that “finds out who likes you nearby and connects you with them if you’re also interested. It’s the new way to meet people around you.” A “hook-up” site…
Kik-Kik is an instant messaging app that is similar to texting but users have multiple options of talking with individuals, with groups and within a social networking environment. Users can also use Kik to send photos and files and send greeting cards. It combines texting with a social network.
Whisper is a free social networking app available for iPhone and Android and website (found at Whisper.sh) that encourages users to share secrets.
Keek is a social media site and app focused on sharing short video clips.
3 Ways to Keep Teens Safe Online
This Youtube Video by Parenting Expert Deborah Gilboa, 3 Ways to Keep Teens Safe Online, is very helpful. Teens told her that it is “much easier to bully behind a screen.”
What are you reading and where are you going?