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Did you know that every 1 in 3 children are a victim of cyber bullying?
There is no getting around the tech that our world has come to rely on. Kids are using cell phones, computers and even the young ones are learning how to use things like our tablets. Anything you could ever need is most often found behind a piece of technology.
Since my children were little, they have been playing with mommy’s phone, learning how to use apps, watch cartoon videos on YouTube and even learning how to Facetime with other family members. While my children are young, and there isn’t a lot of exposure to situations of Cyber Bullying, I have definitely begun to set limits and help teach him how to be safe online.
It’s national Internet Safety Month and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are doing their part to bring awareness. It’s estimated that less than 7% of parents are concerned about Cyber Bullying. But why? When every third child is being affected by cyber bullying online, why aren’t more parents taking action to make sure that their children are safe?
With the online world expanding, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is taking initiative to share important tools and tips to keep our children safe online. It starts young and technology is just growing more and more every day. It’s our job to instill those important skills to be prepared for even the worst situation.
Here is how I talk to my young children about Cyber Bullying:
- I talk with my children and tell them to come tell mommy or daddy if they see something online that makes them, sad, angry or uncomfortable. Even at a young age, teaching them this skill it will prepare them as teenagers if something bad happens online.
- Never give out your personal information. My oldest is learning his address and phone number, he thinks it’s great to tell everyone what he has learned! If someone asks for your personal information online, it’s important to tell mommy or daddy.
One in three parents believe their teens to be much more tech-savvy than they are. Do you feel this is the case with your children?
Check out this quiz from BGCA and test your cyber smarts!
There are great tips and information about Cyber Safety on the Boys & Girls Club of America website. Use these tools to help you start talking to your kids about being safe online, even if they are young. Take the “Cyber Survivor” quiz and see how your smarts measure up.
Cyber Safety is so important and our children won’t be prepared for the technology filled world unless we help them to be safe and smart.
Visit CyberSafeFutures.org website for more information