The more information you have about your child's interactions on his/her phone, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 17, 2013
According to PIX 11 News on March 14th, 2013, police investigators are preparing to file charges of possession of child pornography and endangering the welfare of a child against any member of Ridgewood High School who does not delete from their phones or computers the photos that some freshman girls took of themselves on the Snapchat app.
The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids, wants to offer sexting resources and tips to residents of and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from sexting incidents.
uKnowKids has put together a resources page specifically for sexting. This page includes infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about sexting prevention and other ways to keep children safe from predators online and on mobile phones. uKnowKids has also created an eBook entitled “Understanding Sexting: Nine Essential Things Every Parent Should Know” that can be downloaded free as well as an infographic on the Snapchat app. uKnowKids wants to make sure that New Jersey can keep young residents safe and prevent another widespread sexting incident like this from happening --- with education comes prevention.
uKnow.com’s own co-founder’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter. Since that time, Tim Woda has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as possible. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like his and so many others never have to happen again.
Tim offers these tips for parents to prevent sexting and the sharing of inappropriate pictures:
---Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the technology devices your child is using on their phones, including social network sites, gaming systems, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even know existed.
---Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone, he or she should be well-aware of any pre established house rules. Discuss your expectations for mobile behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, but also discuss the potential legal and social repercussions of sending inappropriate pictures or spreading them online, whether they are of your child or not.
---Be a vigilant parent. Know who your child is talking to and who is trying to talk to them. The more information you have about their interactions on their phone, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Parental Intelligence systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.
There are lessons that every parent and child need to learn from the incident in New Jersey, and Tim and his family know about them firsthand. Tim is open to speaking
more about his story and the lessons he learned so parents will take notice and keep their children safe online. uKnowKids is also open to free product distribution in schools and areas that have been affected by sexting. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about sexting tips, uKnowKids or product distribution, email Callie at charris(at)uknow.com.
Headquartered in Arlington, VA, uKnow.com makes parenting easier and keeps kids safer online and on the mobile phone. uKnow.com powers the world's leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, SafeCyberKids.com, MySocialScout.net, P911Safety.com and others. For more information visit http://www.uknow.com