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Teens and Technology

  1. 1. Information for Parents From the Violence Free Coalition of Warren County Teens & Technology
  2. 2. What the numbers show…
  3. 3. •78% of teens now have cell phones –Almost half (47%) of those are smartphones •One in four teens (23%) have a tablet computer –One in four teens are “cell mostly” internet users • Nine in ten (93%) teens have a computer at home –61% of 13-17 year olds have a personal profile on social networking site 95% of teens are online
  4. 4. The Internet is a wonderful tool for learning. But, it can also be a place for predators to reach your children, and for Cyber bullying to take place.
  5. 5. Over 75% of Internet crimes are not reported to the police or parents Over 45 million children ages 10-17 use the internet. Among them: -One in five has been sexually solicited -One in four has encountered unwanted pornography -Close to 60% of teens have received an email or instant message from a stranger and communicated back
  6. 6. Tips for Parents… • Place your computer in a common area of the house. • Educate yourself about computers and the internet. • Make reasonable rules. Set time and use limits. Enforce them. • Educate yourself and your child about the dangers of the Internet. • Reinforce the guiding rule, “Don’t talk to strangers.” • Don’t allow your child to go into private chat rooms, especially when you are not present. • Know your child’s usernames and passwords to all accounts. • Utilize parental controls and commercial blocking/filtering software tools. • Review the use histories and logs of your computer to see where your children have been.
  7. 7. Do not threaten to take away the computer or cell phone! Most kids will not report inappropriate Internet contact to their parents because they are afraid of losing online privileges.
  8. 8. 9=Parent is watching 99=Parent is no longer watching P911=Parent alert Banana=Penis Kitty=VaginaGNOC=Get naked on Camera GYPO=Get your pants off
  9. 9. Jane B. Conn, VFC Director Megan Crouch, VFC Prevention Education Coordinator Pat Clark, VFC Prevention Education Specialist Ohio Department of Health Ohio Domestic Violence Network Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Find us at: www.arcshelter.org www.facebook.com/ViolenceFreeCoalition “This publication/material was supported by the 5VF1CE001114-3 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessary represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention”