How to overcome internet dangers for teens
Nothing has ever gathered press, education and entertainment better than the Internet. It is essential for our children to use the advanced technology, but it is also important to remember the possible online dangers the World Wide Web has to present for our kids.
According to the latest research, modern kids age 7-17 spend around 4 hours a day online with 80% of this time via smartphones. The extreme popularity of mobile use led to appearance of parental controls. Parents have mixed opinions about such technologies, while there are those who think that it is tortuous to monitor their children, others say that they can trust their children but they cannot trust all the Internet users. So, you can make up your mind, we created a list of possible online dangers and ways to overcome them with and without parental controls.
Cyberbullying. Online bullying is the same as traditional bullying but conversely to traditional tit doesn’t stop in high school. Children are being bullied in social media, IM chats like Viber and WhatsApp and with a help of simple texting. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it didn’t affect kids to the fullest. The cases of teen cyberbullying have lead to serious psychological problems, social isolation and in case with Cora Delille – committing suicide.
Online predators. No one can deny the progressing problem of hidden online predators. The internet is a perfect platform to meet new people or even fall in love, but there are those who will do all it takes to manipulate your child into misgiving online relationship and sometimes even convince to meet offline. Just think about it: 83 % of child victims willingly meet their offenders in a real life.
Sexting. You can say that there is nothing wrong with sexting. “Teens should be teens” and their interest in an opposite sex is logical and understandable. Unfortunately, it goes beyond endurance of flirting in texting. Kids age 10-17 are exchanging partially nude/nude pictures and videos, with 70% of the pictures appearing on the Internet pages after they break up. Nearly 1 in 5 kids who receive sexually explicit images and videos share it with someone else.
- As a parent you have two options: you can talk to your child, ask what he/she knows about online dangers. This will help you understand which side your child is on and what are the problems you will have to deal with.
- The second option is to download parental controls on your child’s phone to monitor online activity remotely. You can view all SMS, call logs, videos and photos downloaded, track real-time GPS location of your child and block 18+ content.
- The third option is to use a celebrity card. Kids are always following their idols, luckily, there are many teen celebrities like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and others who stand against cyberbullying and other cyber dangers. Showing their example can help your children overcome online problems like online bullying, sexting and many more.
At the end of the day, it is up to you how to react to cyber dangers the only thing you cannot do is ignore it.
Cute Geek is an author of”How to overcome internet dangers for teens”. She takes an active part in anti-bullying campaign and is currently working as a contributor to http://pumpic.com/android-parental-monitoring.html