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Technology for Teens

Technology for Teens
January 4, 2017 Kim Goldman

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Did your teen (or pre-teen) get some new technology as gifts this holiday season? If you answered yes, with a slight groan and a rolling of the eyes, you are not alone.  Letting your kids have access to the internet, social media and friends can prove nerve-wracking for some, so we have put together some helpful tools to make it easier.

 

 

 

Five Quick Online Safety Tips for Parents:

  1. BE AWARE
  • Learn about the sites and devices your child uses (be aware of 2nd accounts!)
  • Stay up to date on what they are using and why
  • Follow/friend them on their social media sites/accounts
  • Know their passwords in case of emergency and of course for random spot checks (your kids will fight this, but if they are behaving responsibly it won’t matter if you check, right?)
  • Be aware and realistic about what they are going to find on these sites
  1. COMMUNICATE
  • Talk about rules when using technology- how to use and when to use it, create consequences if rules are broken – and stick to them!
  • Talk about safety tips for personal information disclosure on sites (social media accounts should be private and any identifying information should be limited)
  • Remind them that everything that is posted is permanent; once it is posted there is no guarantee about who will see it or how it will be used
  • Encourage them to share with you if they encounter cyberbullying or unsafe communication with strangers online
  1. AGREE ON A GAME PLAN
  • Ways to keep passwords and private information safe
  • Risks associated with online “friends”
  • What is OK and not OK when gaming, chatting, messaging, emailing or posting
  • Create rules as to what social media sites they are allowed to have an account with (most require that a person be 13 years old)
  1. PROTECT YOUR DEVICES
  • Maintain internet security programs
  • Set up privacy settings or site restrictions
  1. UNDERSTAND SCHOOL POLICIES
  • Ask about school policies on internet and technology use
  • Talk about how schools expect students to use technology

 

BE IN THE KNOW: Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder, WhatsApp, Kik, Group Me, Burn Note are some of the more popular social media apps for teens.  CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY

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