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Internet Safety

Understand the Challenge
Understand the Challenge
Youth online.

Youth are tech savvy and get most of their information and socialization through the Internet and digital devices. For them, there is no distinction between the real world and the online world – they are one in the same.

As a parent, the best way to help ensure your kid’s safety online is to become tech savvy yourself. Think of technology as a language. Your kid has most likely spoken this language since birth and is fluent in it. You need to know the language if you want to communicate with them.

internetSafetyChallenge
  • 40% of teens have seen pictures of kids getting drunk, passed out, or using drugs online.

    - CASA, 2011
  • 70% of teens have hidden online behavior from their parents.

    - McAfee
  • In the last 3 years, 57k cases of child identity theft have been reported to the Federal Trade Commission.

    - Federal Trade Commission
  • 15% of teens the ages 12-17 who own cell phones say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.

    -Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2009
  • While 2:3 of teens are likely to be harassed or bullied off-line, nearly 1:3 have been harassed as a result of technology.

    - Lenhart, 2007
Ins and Outs of Internet Safety

For anyone born after 1980, the world has always had computers and cell phones. They are tech savvy and get most of their information and socialization through the Internet. For them, there is no distinction between the real world and the online world - they are one in the same.

As a parent, the best way to help ensure your child’s safety online is to become tech savvy yourself. Think of technology as a language. Your child has spoken this language since birth and is fluent in it. You need to know the language if you want to communicate with them. Yes, technology can seem overwhelming, but this handout will help you get started by explaining the basics of technology and online safety. You’ll learn some important values to teach your child about using technology. Finally, you will find some useful online resources where you can continue your education.

  • Secretive about online activities
  • Obsessive about internet use
  • Gets angry when he/she can’t get online
  • Receives/makes phone calls from/to unknown people
  • Receives gifts and/or packages from unknown persons
  • Withdraws from family and friends
  • Risky/unhealthy relationships
  • Cyber Bullying: See bullying section
  • Downloading internet pornography
  • Depression
  • Self-injury
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Changes screens or turns off computer when an adult enters a room
Parent Guide
Ask your kids about the amplif(i) presentations they saw at school.

What choices did the speaker make that they can or cannot relate to, what did they learn?

 

Tell your kids what your family’s position is on internet safety.

Talk to your spouse, agree on your family’s position, and share that with your kid. Make that position very clear and always remain consistent, don’t waiver.

 

Attend one of our adult education presentations.

Discuss with your kid what you have learned about internet safety.

 

Create and follow consistent rules for internet use.

Include sites that they can and cannot visit and which social media sites and apps are acceptable. Set privacy settings on social media sites appropriately and monitor who they are linked with in the digital world. Regulate how much time they can spend online, discuss where they can access the internet, and remember to set log off times.

 

Model appropriate online behavior for your kid.

As parents we have the ability to model life skills like conflict resolution, maintaining positive and safe online relationships, and how to take intentional breaks from technology.

 

Create opportunities for two-way conversation about the internet.

This is a great opportunity to role-play correct responses to online threats and to simply listen to what your kid faces online.

 

Educate yourself.

Technology is constantly changing In order to be a reliable resource for your kid, be able to identify current online trends and dangers as well as warning signs for identity theft, cyber-bullying, sexual solicitation, and sexting.

 

Deter negative behavior online.

Take planned action to lock your kid’s credit report, use browsing settings to block dangerous websites, “friend” your kid on their social media sites (be aware that youth usually have multiple social media accounts), and use computer monitoring software to help deter behavior.

 

Free Internet Monitoring Software:

 

K9 Web Protection internet filter and parental control software (free)

Verity parental control software (free)

Norton Family parental control software (free)

AVG Family Safety app for iOS/iPhone  (free)

AVG Family Safety app for Windows Mobile  (free)

Media Detective software  (free one-month demo)

 

Internet Monitoring Software (Pricing subject to change):

 

AVG Family Safety software  ($49.99/1-year subscription)

Spytech SpyAgent monitoring software  ($69.95)

Spectorsoft Spector Pro monitoring software  ($99.95)

 

Download the notMYkid Guide to Conversation Starters
 

 

Use notMYkid Conversation Cards to encourage positive, interesting, and fun family communication.

 

Emergency Resources

notMYkid is not a counseling or treatment agency. We are here to offer support, information and options. Destructive youth behaviors do not discriminate and have impacted many lives. A number of resources are available, and will assist you in finding the help necessary to make informed and empowered choices.

Teen Lifeline

602-248-TEEN (8336)
or 1-800-248-TEEN (8336)

National Teen Helplines

800-273-8255
800-784-2433
800-621-4000

Community Information and Referral Services

602-263-8856
(800-352-3792 within
area codes 520 and 928)

Maricopa 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

602-222-9444

Across Arizona
1-800-631-1314

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