Be familiar with the functions of the technology devices your child uses 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.
Arlington,VA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
According to a study published by The Telegraph, girls as young as 10 are routinely having sex and sending sexually explicit pictures. With all of the potential dangers surrounding sexting, the Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids and Internet and mobile safety expert, Tim Woda, want to offer sexting resources and tips so parents can better protect their children from sexting incidents.
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
uKnowKids has also put together a resources page specifically for sexting. This page includes infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about sexting prevention methods. uKnowKids has also created an eBook entitled “Understanding Sexting: Nine Essential Things Every Parent Should Know” that can be downloaded free.
Tim’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter with a child predator. Since that time, Tim has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learns to as many parents as possible. 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(dot)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