17% of teens say they’ve been contacted online by someone they didn’t know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable, and 30% of teens say they’ve received online advertising that was inappropriate for their age*
Predators are not the only thing to watch out for online with your kids. Cyberbullying has become a one of the most popular ways to bully someone, and many kids are embarrassed and don’t want to tell their parents. It’s even more important to keep an eye on things if your child exhibits signs of bullying, like changes in friends, and social behaviors , isolating themselves, not wanting to go to school and decline in grades, depression and sadness. Keep on top of the new apps, especially the ones that allow anonymous commenting and sharing. Also, do not count out online gaming- I have heard some horrible bullying happen on Xbox One online.
Our kids, especially our teens are learning to grow in a world that we didn’t know at their age, and learning how to keep them safe is a big job. By keeping tabs on their internet use and social channels. we can help them remain safe, and learn how to navigate the cyber world- together.