Online safety for teens

Online safety for teens

Did you know nearly 32 percent of teens hide their browsing history from their parents or guardians to try to prevent them from seeing which sites they visit?

The internet has changed the way teens interact with the world. With access to millions of websites and people around the world, it’s important to teach teens online safety. Although the Internet opens their ability to learn and express their creativity, they need to be aware of the risks with being present online.

Online Safety

Here are our top online safety tips to discuss with your teen:

1. Don’t post any personal information online 

When it comes to personal information, it is best to keep that private. Nowadays online hackers are able to use your information to hack passwords, bank accounts, and personal social media pages. Encourage your teens to not tell strangers their name, address or where they live. Talk to them about the risk of tagging their location on social platforms, as predators can use this to find out where they are.

2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos

We’ve all heard it. Once you post something online, it’s almost impossible to take it back. This goes for any pictures, videos, posts, chats or emails. Talk to your teen about what is appropriate for social media and what needs to be kept private. You can also ask to “friend” your teens on social media sites to see what they are posting about.

3. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online 

Have an open relationship with your teen so you are aware of the people they are surrounding themselves with. If you suspect something, you can track their browsing history or restrict them from websites with a parental control filtering software or monitoring program.

4. No cyber bullying 

Nearly 70 percent of teens report seeing frequent bullying online. Influence your teen to be positive on their social media pages and to not participate in negative online discussions. Encourage your teen to tell you immediately if they or someone they know is a victim of cyberbullying. By giving them your trust, they will be willing to confide in you if there is an issue.

5. Use social media privacy settings

Every social media channel has privacy settings that can help protect your teen online. These settings can control who has access to see their social media pages, who can tag them in photos plus much more. Do your research and educate your teenager on best practices.

There are many conversations you can have with your teen about online safety. Most importantly remember to keep an open discussion about their online activity and what your expectations are.  

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