Aug 14

How safe is your child?

Whether you know it or not, your teenager’s safety is at risk in situations that never crossed your mind. Did you know that 43% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last year?  Several occurrences of teenagers being bullied are never reported or handled. Inform your son or daughter the importance of staying safe and staying away from bullying or being bullied.

Social media has boomed in the last few years as a way for teens to socialize. If your teenager simply updates his profile status informing friends of where and when he will be at the mall or if he’s picking on the new kid at school by posting mean messages on his wall, these can all be fun in games, but there are consequences if these websites such as Facebook are abused.

The safety of your child is every parents daily concern. But are you going to micromanage them on the playground, at school or on the computer? Probably not. So how do you tell your teenager she can’t post her personal information or write mean comments on other’s Facebook wall? Read this parental guide to Facebook, which will teach parents what Facebook is all about and how teenagers can handle certain situations and how to stay away from other situations pertaining to social media. Click here to read the article.

Remind your child the importance of being careful on internet by following set rules when surfing the internet. By signing this contract designed for parents and children, you both have an agreement to abide by. Print your contract here and keep it posted by your home computer at all times.

If your teenager still needs a few guidelines on how to remain safe, check out this article here.

“By taking responsibility for your children’s online activities,  parents can greatly minimize any potential risks of being online.”

**Take an online quiz here to see how well your child knows and understands the importance of safety.

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