Keep Your Kids #CyberSafe by Asking the Right Questions

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Keep Your Kids  #CyberSafe by Asking the Right Questions

In a world where life is lived online, it is critical for parents to be informed and up-to-date on cyber-related issues. The fact is, most kids and teens are more technologically internet-savvy than their parents. The risks are real. Did you  know that nearly 1/3 of kids will be cyber-bullied?

bullyingAnd they are sharing way too much information! Over half of kids and teens have shared personal information online with someone they don’t know like where they live, their phone number, and where they go to school!

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These stats are alarming, what else don’t we know about our kids and teens online habit? Take CyberSmart Parent quiz and test yourself. You might not like your score.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Sprint have set up a way to get internet-savvy youth involved in educating parents and adults about cyber issues with CyberSafeFutures.org. With this knowledge we can be aware of and understand the risks that our kids face daily.

bgcaYou can submit any question you have about cyber-bullying, social networking, online privacy, mobile smarts and other cyber-related issues to the Boys & Girls Club and get a teens’ perspective on CyberSafeFutures.org.   Simply submit any question you have to get real answers that can help you protect your children and teens.

After submitting your questions in the “You Ask…We Answer” section, you will be entered to win 1 of 3 iPad minis and $500 to give to your BGCA club of your choice!

It is super easy to ask your questions – you can read the answers of other parents’ questions too – I found this very helpful because parents asked questions that I didn’t even think of!

Here are my questions:

  • How can we get kids and teens to realize that cyber-bullying is just as harmful online as bullying someone in person?
  • Teens (and adults) share too much online, including their location from ‘checking in’ at places to posting too much about where they live. How can parents protect their teen’s online privacy?
  • How can us as parents limit the number of social networks our kids and teens join? Does all the social networks harm real interaction with people in real life?

My kids are still young and only go online while supervised but it won’t be long until they start, I want to be prepared in order to keep them safe online.

We all worry about the safety of our kids online.  Get a teen’s perspective on all the questions you have about the many social networks your kids may already be involved with as well as other online and cyber-related issues. By using this creative measure as a resource, we can better equipped ourselves to keep our kids cyber safe.

What questions do you have? Start asking on the BGCA Cyber Safe website.

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Cindy
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