A quick nugget from the first chapter of my ebook.
A recent study by McAfee from May 21, 2012, reports that 75% of teens don’t inform their parents when online communications reach uncomfortable levels (68% of girls and 19% of boys).
- 46% of teens feel the Internet influences what their boyfriend or girlfriend expects from them in terms of relationship behavior.
- 29% of girls say that they have experienced interactions on the Internet with members of the opposite sex that made them feel pressured, uncomfortable or threatened, compared to 18% of boys and 20% overall.
- 34% of teen girls say that they have received unwanted attention from the opposite sex online, compared to 16% of boys.
- 23% of all teens say that they’ve received unwanted attention from the opposite sex online.
- 30% of teens seek love on Facebook with 22% still looking to find love within church communities.
If your child doesn’t tell you when they’re uncomfortable, you can’t help them. As you work together with your child and help them build their online presence safely, you’ll earn their trust, building a bridge of effective communication. As Anne Collier at ConnectSafely.org always says, “The No. 1 safety tip is to talk with your kids – but not special conversations just about the internet or cellphones. We need to weave online life into our parenting the same way our kids blend the Net and digital media into their everyday lives. With breaks every now and then, of course.”
Your kids want to know what they should do when they come across something that makes them uncomfortable. What should they do?
In this book, I’ll cover strategies and tools for kids, as well as ideas for parents on building a stronger relationship with your children. I’ll also uncover some secrets of social media and portable devices to increase privacy and safety online.
Online Behavior Guidelines
- Limit what you share online
- Always remember your online manners
- Limit access to your profiles
- Talk about what you’re doing online with people who love you
- Trust your gut if you’re suspicious
- Don’t share your passwords with friends (or anyone you don’t know!)