My daughters look just alike, but are as different as night and day. My younger daughter is spunky, outgoing and impulsive while my older daughter is quiet, thoughtful and sensitive.
I worry about both of them.
Not because of anything that they’ll do, but because of others. I worry about cyber bullying and internet danger and I’m already thinking about ways to prevent it from happening to them.
Since my younger daughter is so outgoing and impulsive, I worry about her talking to the wrong people online. And my older daughter is sensitive, so I worry that she’ll have a more difficult time ignoring cyber bullying.
In this time of social media, our children are online more often and at a younger age than ever before. In fact, one in three parents believe that their teens are more tech-savvy than they are. So how do parents help keep their children safe online?
Ways to help prevent cyber bullying and internet danger:
• Set guidelines and rules for when your children can be online and for the types of content they are allowed to access.
• Monitor what your children see and who they are talking to online.
• Enable parental controls on your computers so that you children do not access inappropriate websites.
• See how cyber smart you are by taking the Cyber Survivor Challenge Quiz.
Most importantly, if you’re concerned about cyber bullying and internet danger, familiarize yourself with common cyber bullying occurrences and techniques. Then learn how to help your child avoid and deal with them.
There are some great videos to help you on CyberSafeFutures.org.