Here are a few general tips to keeping your kids safe online:
- Communicate with your kids about safe uses of the internet and cell phones.
- Educate yourself on what your kids do online.
- Develop an open communication style with your childeren to allow fluid conversations should they need someone to talk to, or if you identify questionable online behavior.
- Know the latest trends in social media. While social media’s new new thing may not be for you, you most likely are not who they are targeting their marketing to.
If you think your kids are too young to talk to, or already are aware of how to be safe online – note the following statistics (credit goes to Netlingo)
- 95% of parents don’t recognize the lingo kids use to let people know that their parents are watching
- 89% of sexual solicitations are made in either chat rooms or Instant Messages
- 20% of children age 10-17 have been solicited sexually online; that’s 1 out of every 5 kids
- 75% of youth who received an online sexual solicitation did not tell a parent
- One third of kids have been contacted by a stranger and half of these were considered inappropriate
- 81% of parents of online youth say that kids aren’t careful enough when giving out information about themselves online
- 76% of parents don’t have rules about what their kids can do on the computer
- 65% of parents believe that kids do things online that they wouldn’t want their parents to know about
- 4,000,000 children are posting content to the Web everyday
- 15,000,000 youth use Instant Messaging
- 9 out of 10 parents will never know that any inappropriate contact has occurred
- 14% have actually met face to face with a person they have met on the Internet
- 1 out of 17 kids have been harassed, threatened, or bullied
- Nearly three-quarters (73%) of online teens believe that someone their age is most likely to be approached by someone unknown to them online as opposed to offline
- When asked how they responded the last time they were contacted online by a complete stranger, just 3% of online teens said they told and adult or authority figure
- Most kids will not report inappropriate Internet contact to their parents because they are afraid of losing Internet privileges
- 61% of 13-17 yr olds have a personal profile on social networking sites
- 44% of online teens with profiles like Facebook and Myspace have been contacted by a stranger, compared with 16 percent of those without profiles.
- 71% have reported receiving messages from someone they do not know
- 45% have been asked for personal info from people they do not know
- 48% of 16-17 yr olds report that their parents know “very little” or “nothing” about their online activities
- MySpace deletes 25,000 profiles weekly of users who don’t meet the site’s 14-year-old minimum age requirement
- From 2007-2009 MySpace has deleted 90,000 accounts because they were created by registered sex offenders