|Posted by [email protected] on March 27, 2017 at 7:15 AM|
Some how, someway, it’s become a business for this digital age monitoring for the young, paid by the not so digitally aware generation (parents) just trying to be ahead of the digital game.
So, how can that single mom or parents, who don’t make great money, protect their child from cyber-bullying? What’s the answer?
For the parent:
• Have someone go to the phone randomly (like you) and look at the apps
• Have someone like a older teen monitor
• Talk to the child about the signs of cyber-bullying and let a parent or adult view the content every 2-4 months in a general conversation over dinner. No cells on the table time!
• Have me, Miss Mohawk Valley, go and speak, inspire, support and educate someone who’s been cyber-bullied and be a part of their life and make a difference.
• Educating parents on new digital monitor programs. The prices and ranges vary all over the board. Basically, the more you can pay, the more access you have. But it’s easily available.
• Talk to your local Congressman and Senate about programs are being delevoped from Big business companies, to offer a minimal monitoring app for parents for free if a device is being used by a child under the age of 16.
For the child:
• Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology. For example, be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online. Show them how to be safe online.
• Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it. You are very good and talking about this!!!
• Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Should complete strangers see it? Real friends only? Friends of friends? Think about how people who aren’t friends could use it. Example: photoshoots getting out of hand…or is this something you’d show your mom or dad?
• Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities. Kids share passwords so easily today!
• Don’t respond or retaliate when it happens. Show a trusted family member or school teacher in private
• Most apps you have to invite or ask to join the group or “club” . with that, most have a feature that you can block or simply end the account, start another account and be more careful. Live and learn.
If you would like to talk to me one on one or come and speak to your group or school, please email be at: [email protected]