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The TeenSafe Parenting Guide to Tech Safety


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The TeenSafe Digital Manifesto covers everything a parent needs to know to keep their child safe online; from the dangers they face, to how to teach appropriate online behavior and supervise your child's digital life - just like you would on the playground! To learn more, visit

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The TeenSafe Parenting Guide to Tech Safety

  1. 1. TECH SAFETY The ParentingGuideTo
  2. 2. of teens are on a social network.73% send messages to friends every day.37% Hi! :) Hello! MONITORING is MANDATORY IT KEEPS YOU IN-THE-KNOW
  3. 3. 1IN3 1IN31IN5 IN A POLL OF 600 USERS... are envious of what they see on other user’s accounts. feel diminished when people don’t respond to their posts. feel frustration with the entire social process. THE AVERAGE TEEN HAS 201Facebookfriends.
  4. 4. THE DIGITAL ERA CAN BE A DANGEROUS PLACE... Cyberbullying had been harassed through social media. through text messages and direct messaging. IN A STUDY OF 500 CHILDREN AGES 14-16, UGLY! #!*X I HATE U! Over 12% 23% of teens have been bullied online. of teens have engaged in cyberbullying. @#*!! @#*!!@#*!!@#*!!@#*!! /1 2 Over /1 2
  5. 5. Sexting 40% MESSAGING 20% 17% of middle-school aged children have engaged in sexting. Joking 34% To feel sexy 12%Peer Pressure For girls, sexting is about... of sexters share their message with someone else. I’M SEXY!
  6. 6. OnlinePredators Online Sex use social networks to gain information about their victims… 82%Likes and dislikes. 65%Home and school. LIKES DISLIKES HOME SCHOOL Posted personal information Interacted with online strangers Placed strangers on their buddy lists 50% 45% 35% Sent personal information to strangers Visited X-rated sites Talked about sex with strangers 26% 13% 05% ? Of kids who have received sexual solicitations online…
  7. 7. AccessingAdultContent Only 1IN 3young people view pornography intentionally. However, young people who look at violent X-rated material are into sexual behavior. more likely to force others6times
  8. 8. A TEEN’S BRAIN CAN’T HANDLE THESE SITUATIONS The prefrontal cortex of the brain isn’t fully developed until the mid 20s. ThePrefrontalCortexcontrols... Short-term decision-making Concentration Goal oriented thinking Judgement Impulse control Long-term decision-making Focus Learning
  9. 9. Teen’s emotional response mechanisms develop faster than judgement and logic. THEY CAN’T MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR THEMSELVES. Yes? ? ? ? No? MONITORING HELPS YOU PROTECTTHEM THEMSELVESfrom
  11. 11. Can be more independent. Will better connect with their peers. Learn about boundaries and rules. Get the guidance to make good decisions. Protect their teen from outside influences. Know when their child is in need. Will be able to stay current with emerging tech. Can reach their child anytime. Teens Parents I can... I can't...
  12. 12. PrivacyFirst Social“Permanence” GossipGetsAroundNoRegrets The importance of holding back personal information. Never send a text of photo you’ll regret sending later. You can end up a bully even if you don’t mean to be. Once it’s on the web, it’s there forever. PARENTS SHOULD USE MONITORING TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN THE NEW “SOCIAL” WORLD. POST REGRET
  13. 13. COMMUNICATION IS A TWO-WAY STREET 77% of teens claim to have an honest relationship with their parent. 72% Drugs/ Alcohol 69%Friends 45%Girlfriends/ Boyfriends Subjects teens talk about openly with parents:
  14. 14. 20% 43% of kids think their parents have no idea what they’re doing online. of teens say they would change their online behavior if they knew that their parents were watching them. However,
  15. 15. Understand the technology they use and be supportive of the issues they face. Make yourself the person they come to when they are in need. Use current events to initiate conversation. Don’t make it to personal. Analyze, don’t criticize. TalkingToYourTeen Learn THEIR Perspective
  16. 16. When asked how they would feel if their parents were monitoring them, teens replied... Offended Shocked and hurt AND BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS. 38% 25% Help Them Understand YOUR Perspective YOU NEEDTO EXPLAIN IT’SYOUR JOB KEEPTHEM SAFE,to
  17. 17. DEVICE USAGE Age6-9 Age10-12IPAD/TABLET USE MONITORED SMARTPHONE USE It’s not about depriving or withholding, it’s about empowering parents to best teach their children how to use digital mediums. SET LIMITATIONSand BOUNDARIES
  18. 18. CREATE A SMARTPHONE CONTACT Make it a collaborative process, so your kids can feel like they have some control. Let them know when, where, and why you are monitoring. CONTRACT
  19. 19. Setboundariesupfront,suchas: No phones in the bedroom No phones overnight Phones stay in common areas No downloading apps without approval Parents have to approve and review apps before they're installed. What are the consequences if they break the rules? Have these in writing! APP STORE
  20. 20. Children first turn to technology when their social-emotional needs aren’t met. BUT TECHNOLOGY IS ONLY A PROXY THAT LEAVES US UNFULFILLED. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
  21. 21. GIVE YOUR KIDS YOUR FULLATTENTION A study at Northwestern found that children with tech-obsessed parents were more likely to become dependent on various technology as they grew up. Disconnect GOODBYE
  22. 22. DESIGNATE TIMES FOR FAMILYACTIVITIES LIKE: “Phone-freetime” Hiking Board Games Reading Together Camping Sporting Events Live Music
  23. 23. BUT NOTTOO FAR BACK Denying them access to digital media cuts them off from their generation’s main social channel. Drawtheline