Talk to your kids about online threats

Cyberbullying Phone

The digital world is teeming with opportunities to learn in new ways and connect with friends. It can also be a dangerous place for kids and teens in the age of cyber bullying. Over the past year, in particular, hate speech and nasty political rhetoric have become an all-too-common theme on social media and other online venues.

What can you do? Experts agree that the best tool to ensure online safety for your children is conversation. Talk with your children and teens about what they are doing online and educate them about risks and threats. Teach them about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

There are a variety of resources to help you do this. ConnectSafely.org offers parent and educator guides on social media sites Ask.fm, Instagram, and Snapchat as well as resources on protecting student data privacy, mobile phone use, cybersecurity, and cyberbullying.

NetSmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has resources on cell phones, email and chat rooms, file sharing, gaming, inappropriate content, predators, sexting, and much more.

And Common Sense Media offers parental resources as well as media rating information.

Read more in the December 2016 issue of Partners Post.

 

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