Monique has years of experience speaking on this topic, and she approached our audience with nonchalance and humor (much appreciated after a long day). She touched on some great points that we wanted to share here on our blog...
- Age 11 is when kids really begin using the computer and when parents need to become cognoscente of online behavior
- Kids are making the trends online, so there is a definite need for parents and teachers to understand those trends
- What happens online stays online, and more people than just your immediate social network see your posts (friend of the friend of the friend rule)
- Teens feel safer online than in real life; being online gives them a sense of anonymity that often results in them sharing very personal information
- Parents should know the "Net Lingo." For example, PIR means "parents in room," POS means "parent over shoulder." Visit netlingo.com for more acronym definitions.
- Photos taken on cell phones are automatically geo-tagged, and child predators sometimes use those tags to find children. Be sure to disable location services for photos on your cell phone.
- When creating household internet safety rules, involve the children in making the rules and be consistent in enforcement.
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Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools