Being aware of Smartphone safety tips will help parents put guidelines around cell phone useage and prevent bullying from escalating. We are a unique generation. Never before have parents had to deal with the technology of today.
When I was a kid there was no such thing as Cyber-bullying. However today is a different story.
Our children have access to 24/7 information and the flip side of that is true as well. Our children are accessible by those online 24/7.
I want a smartphone. I find them easy to use expecially as I am a MAC user...I like the iphone. However, my 13 year old daughter NEEDS a smart phone.
What is the difference? Many Parents today fail to grasp the importance of texting, facebook, twitter, etc...etc...in our children's social lives.
I use it as a tool however my Daughter uses it as a lifeline to her social network.
This technology is becoming more and more important.
As parents it is important we protect our teens however it is equally important to build their ability to problem solve and handle various situations.
Unfortunately, with things as they are your child can make a small mistake online...like sharing a funny yet inappropriate picture with friends and the repercussions can be immediate. Next thing you know it is viral and used as a way to bully your child.
There are a few important safety tips to keep in mind to help prevent such scenarios.
1) Prevent inappropriate Information
2) Place limits on phone use.
3) Discuss potential threats.
4) Reminding them they should not reply to any bullying, harmful or unsolicited calls or messages and they can talk to you or another trusted adult.
5) Remind your child it is easy to lose control of pictures, texts or videos.
I am not an expert in all things techie...with all honesty my 13 year old daughter manages most of it for me.
If your child has been victimized by a "capper" or has been sexually exploited online please visit www.Cybertip.ca. This is a tipline to report these concerns. The tipline also provides the public with information, referrals and other resources to help keep children/youth safe while on the internet.
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