If kids close their phones or computers around you, don’t be naive. Make sure children use phones and computers in public areas of the home only.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on May 29th, 2013, a former assistant football coach at North Cobb High School was arrested last week for allegedly exchanging inappropriate sexual text messages with a 17-year-old girl. The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids and Internet and mobile phone safety expert Tim Woda want to offer sexting resources and tips to residents of Atlanta and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from sexting incidents.
Tim offers these tips for parents to prevent the sharing of inappropriate pictures:
1) Make sure you recognize all numbers on phone bill. Kids text all the time nowadays that parent’s don’t always see the faces of their child’s friends. It is important to ask your child about any number that you don’t recognize.
2) If kids close their phones or computers around you, don’t be naive. Make sure children use phones and computers in public areas of the home only.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
In addition to tips, uKnowKids has put together a resources page. This page includes infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about 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.
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 learned to as many parents as possible. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.
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