I had an ironic situation occur a while back (over a year now) - a close family member had their Facebook account hacked. Despite all of my warnings and admonitions, this young person I hold dear fell victim to a Facebook scammer.
"With Time Warner Cable support, Common Sense Media is making their new Digital Passport mobile app for Android and iOS operating systems available for free to the public through August 31, 2013. Designed for kids ages 8-12, the Digital Passport app features engaging games and videos to teach children the basics of being safe and responsible in the digital world. Get smart, stay safe and navigate responsibly this summer!"
One study has found that about 16 percent of high school students reported being electronically bullied; another says far fewer students are bullied in cyberspace. (Cyberbullying Common Among High School Students, or Is It?
Moms will have more to worry about this year as social media use threatens both younger children and aging parents. The warning came from Judith Bitterli of AVG Technologies, a security software firm, during a panel discussion on tech trends for mommies at this week's Consumer Electronics Show here.
According to an AVG study, 92 percent of youngsters under age 2 already have a digital footprint, meaning identifiable photos and other personal information has been posted of them online.
Half of kids ages 6 to 9 regularly use social networks, and of those, 13 percent have experienced cyberbullying.
Continuing to raise awareness about the dangers associated with digital abuse and sexting is the first step to combating the problem. Professionals, non-profits and communities are working on the response and HealthyChildren.org shares some ideas for how to respond, including
Talk to kids about healthy dating relationships and the issue of sexting.Make sure they understand the legal consequences of participating in sending explicit messages and images.Share real stories about what can happen when sending or receiving images.Practice appropriate responses with kids so they can use them if they’re pressured into sexting.
For more information on understanding how to respond, check out Futures Without Violence’s guide to Effective Responses to Teen Sexting.
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