Quick Tips for Parents:

Posted by Amy Shannon on 6/6/2018

And for parents:

 

  • Talk to your kids - ask questions (and then confirm to make sure they are telling you the truth!)
  • Ask to see their profile page (for the first time)…tomorrow!  (It gives them a chance to remove everything that isn’t appropriate or safe…and it becomes a way to teach them what not to post instead of being a gotcha moment!  Think of it as the loud announcement before walking downstairs to a teen party you’re hosting.)
  • Don’t panic…there are ways of keeping your kids safe online.  It’s easier than you think!
  • Be involved and work with others in your community.  (Think about joining WiredSafety.org and help create a local cyber-neighborhood watch program in your community.)
  • Remember what you did that your parents would have killed you had they known, when you were fifteen.
  • This too will pass!  Most kids really do use social networks just to communicate with their friends.  Take a breath, gather your thoughts and get help when you need it.  (You can reach out to WiredSafety.org.)
  • It’s not an invasion of their privacy if strangers can see it.  There is a difference between reading their paper diary that is tucked away in their sock drawer…and reading their blog.  One is between them and the paper it’s written on; the other between them and 700 million people online!
  • Don’t believe everything you read online - especially if your teen posts it on her blog!

 

For more information, visit www.WiredSafety.org; www.stopcyberbullying.org.

Reprinted with permission from “Parry Aftab’s Guide to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online, MySpace, Facebook and Xanga, Oh! My!”  Parry Aftab, Esq.,www.aftab.com.

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