A new poll finds that many parents have new concerns about their children and their privacy online.
The Pew Internet Project and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University just released a new study called “Parents, Teens and Online Privacy.”
Among the key findings, 81% of parents reported being concerned about how much advertisers are tracking their kids!
Nearly as many also expressed anxiety over the ongoing parental fear of stranger interaction. A total of 72% of parents reported they were at least somewhat concerned about if (and how) their teen is connecting with strangers online.
While parents may have worried about that since the launch of the internet, there is also perhaps a relatively new concern for parents. 69% fear that their teen is posting material that will end up damaging his or her reputation. And 70% said they were concerned their child’s online activity might affect later opportunities, such as getting into college or landing a job.
There is some positive news about how parents are working to prevent problems before they start.
The study found that 59% of the parents of teen users of social networking sites have talked with their child because they were concerned about something posted to their profile and 39% helped their child set up privacy settings… [Read more]
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With much to be gained from social media – the connectivity, the creativity, the education, the entertainment, the engagement – there is also much we need to proactively be prepared to protect ourselves and our families from. This includes, but is not limited to cyberbullying, identity theft, privacy issues and an adult-culture that doesn’t have our children’s best interests in mind. Thank you for being a part of this group. Together we can make a difference.
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As parents, if you’re struggling with all the technology (mass media explosion) in today’s online world we all live in… then you’re just like every other family! In 2012 – 2013 this is NOT something you can ignore, when it comes to your kids online safety! Especially with your kids, if they’re: happy, sad, kind, rebellious, shy, extroverted, quiet, the class clown or even a bully, so basically just an average ordinary teenager, in a very UN-ordinary fast-passed mobile world… So, they need help NOW!! not later, then it’s always to late!
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Keeping kids safe online is one of every responsible parent’s top priorities, and for good reason. Technology continues to advance at an amazing rate, and each new development in social media and other networking platforms is a fresh opportunity for online fraud and other criminal activity. In the last decade alone, Internet technology has changed our world. As crazy as it may sound, twenty-first century families are among the founding members of today’s online global community.
And that’s a good thing! The Internet has made it possible for working parents to take care of daily tasks quickly and efficiently, leaving us more time to spend with our children. It’s essential, though, that we never forget that a safe and secure online community is not a right; it’s a privilege, and in order to earn it, we have to educate ourselves about cyber security and information assurance—and educate our children, as well.
Here are a few ways we can get ourselves and our kids up to speed on cyber security:
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Have you ever wondered what other people think of the way you look? I mean what they really think of the way you look? According to Amy Graff of the San Francisco Chronicle blog, a rising number of teens are posting videos on YouTube to find out.
If you head over to YouTube and do a search for “Am I ugly?” or “Am I pretty?” you’ll find yourself face to face with a surprisingly large number of videos of tweens and teens (mostly girls) asking the YouTube community for an honest assessment of their appearance. Some of these videos have view counts in the millions. Read more…
Please talk to your kids and let them know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone has beauty, and sometimes it is NOT what you see!!!