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Our children are growing up in a world run by technology. When Jedi was 4, he was already faster and more accurate on a keyboard than most people 4x his age. It was amazing to witness. To this day, his preferred place to position himself is in front of a computer.
Thankfully, there is now a site to turn to when it comes to cyber safety, as there’s bound to be issues I haven’t even thought of, especially with my kids only getting older and into even more social activities online. The Boys and Girls Club’s Cyber Safe Site has a #CyberTribe of expert teens to help, through BGCA’s Cyber Safe Futures initiative in support of Internet Safety Awareness. There is also a weekly teen CyberTribe Q&A in partnership with Sprint, where in-the-know teens answer your questions. Because teens know more about social media and the internet than anyone else these days, and in turn they help us become cybersafe parents.
The BGCA #CyberSafe Site has a variety of resources on cyberbullying, social networks, mobile technology and online privacy. You can also take a quiz to find out just how cyber smart you are as a parent. I took the quiz and it said I was on my way, but then suggested a number of very useful tips to help be more aware.
Here are 5 tips on online privacy from BGCA Cyber Safe Site:
- Be specific about what’s appropriate to share online and what should be kept private. Point out what information shared online is enough to identify a person offline, and why that’s important. What you think is personal and what your child thinks is personal may be very different. Ask your child what kinds of things he thinks are okay to share online.
- Model good online behaviors for your child and talk about what you like to do online. Discuss a time you had to make a decision about what to share online and how you decided what to do.
- Spend time with your child online. Ask her to show you his/her favorite sites. For example, play a favorite online game together. By spending time with online together, you can share your values and let your child know what he/she should and should not share via the Internet.
- Tell your child to never share online passwords with anyone. Especially among pre-teens who are exploring how to talk with the opposite sex, it can be common for friends to access each other’s accounts. Many teens believe sharing passwords is a way of building trust with their friends. Explain why this violates your family #cybersafety policy.
- Tell your child to ask an adult he/she trusts if a question comes up about something he/she wants to share online.
Ask a Question, Win an iPad
Ask a question to the teen CyberTribe and you could win an iPad mini and $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice! Submitting your question is easy: Simply go to the BGCA Cyber Safe Site, visit the “Ask the CyberTribe” tab, click â€œAsk nowâ€, then fill in your question and your information (First Name, Last initial, City, and State). Every question you ask is an entry in the giveaway!