Be familiar with all the functions of the sites your child is using including social networks, gaming systems, mobile phones, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even be aware of.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Audrie Potts, a 15-year-old girl from Saratoga, CA, tragically became depressed and committed suicide after she was bullied when a photo of an alleged sexual assault on her went viral at her high school. While the attack and the suicide happened months ago, three teens were arrested just last week in connection with the assault.
In light of this recent news and many other similar stories around the world, uKnowKids and Internet and Mobile Safety Expert Tim Woda want to offer cyberbullying and digital parenting resources and tips, so parents can better protect their children from horrendous incidents like this.
1) Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the sites your child is using including social networks, gaming systems, mobile phones, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even be aware of.
2) 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 online, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Parental monitoring systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.
3) Know all of your child’s passwords. No exceptions.
4) Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone or device with internet connection, he or she should be well aware of any pre-established house rules. Discuss your expectations for online behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, but also discuss the potential legal and social repercussions of actions online, such as sending images or cyberbullying.
5) Look for warning signs. If your child is a victim of cyberbullying, the signs are there. Look to see if they are shying away from the computer and phone, if they are alienating themselves from friends or if they are suddenly acting depressed. On the flip side, your child should exhibit a change in behavior if they have started to become a bully online.
uKnowKids, the online parental intelligence company that enables parents to monitor social, mobile and location aspects of their child’s digital world, has released various eBooks that can help parents in this situation, including one on cyberbullying, one on sexting and the sharing of inappropriate pictures, and one on digital parenting.
uKnowKids wants to make sure parents understand the extreme dangers that lie on the internet and mobile phones. Of course, not all incidents can be stopped, but when parents are educated about their child’s online activities, they are much more prepared to act should they see something dangerous.
Tim Woda’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online encounter. Since that time, Tim has made it his mission to educate himself about internet safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as he could. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like Audrie’s never have to happen again. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about cyberbullying tips, uKnowKids or product distribution, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.
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