I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I will be the first to admit I am not the most Internet savvy mom on the block. More than once have I had to turn to my kids to ask for help with something technical. Even as a blogger who spends several hours a day online, I realize that world wide web is vast and it scares the heck out of me. I have two teenagers in my house, both of which are online about as much as I am on a daily basis. My 14 year old son is a gamer and spends a lot of time on Xbox Live, playing games and talking with his friends. My daughter listens to music, watches YouTube videos and reads a lot of fan fiction. I trust my kids, but how sure am I they are making smart choices when it comes to cyber safety? As far as that goes, how knowledgable am I about cyber safety and protecting my kids when they are online?
Are Your Kids Cyber Safe?
They have tips for parents, discussion cards and links to resources on cyberbullying, social networks, mobile technologies and online privacy. This is practical information I can put to good use in keeping my kids safe while they are online. You can also pose questions to the teen experts with the BGCA, giving you a perspective from your child’s peers. Also, everyone who submits a question is entered to win one of three iPad minis and $500 to your BGCA club of choice. I took the CyberSmart quiz and I did pretty well! My score indicated I have an open line of communications with my kids about their cyber activity. It also showed I was in the dark about such things as geotagging and Googling my kids names.
Here are some statistics, several of which were shocking to me:
- Approximately 34% of students report experiencing cyberbullying in their lifetimes
- Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying, even though up to 35% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying
- Among young Facebook users, more than 5 million were 10 and under, and their accounts were largely unsupervised by their parents; only 10% had frank talks about appropriate online behavior and threats
- Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17 with 71% of all teens using the site, even as half of teens use Instagram and four-in-ten use Snapchat.
- 26% have been bullied or harassed through text messages and phone calls
- 16% of teen social media users have set up their profile to automatically include their location in posts.
- 51% of teens report to have done at least one of the following with someone they do NOT know personally: mentioned the city of town where they live, shared their first and last names, mentioned the school they go to, or shared their phone number.
What steps can you take to make sure your kids is #CyberSafe?