Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.
June is Internet Safety month. “One in three parents believes their teens to be much more tech-savvy, leaving many feeling helpless when it comes to monitoring their teen’s online behavior.”
As a parent to teenagers, I feel out of the loop often. Either it is because the latest teen trend or the complexities of the online world. Lucky for us, the Boy & Girls Club of America launched a new website to lend a helping hand with navigating through some of those cyber challenges.
Talking to your children about online safety is now necessary as kids mature into having their own online social media accounts. For the third year Sprint has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of America and has created a site just for parents. BGCA’s Cyber Safe site is educational and includes a quiz, Q&A and resources to learn more about taking on this difficult task. Unlike other teen issues, cyber safety will require ongoing discussion especially as they mature into having private accounts.
I decided to “Ask the Cyber Tribe” for their feedback on a dilemma I have been curious about for years. At what age do they feel it is fair to have online privacy. Personally, I feel like most parents when it comes to this topic. Online privacy is not a negotiable topic and we have to be vigilant in helping them stay safe. Especially for kids under the age of 16. One of my friends shared with me recently some questionable items found on her son’s computer. This included visiting sites with violent images. She decided to talk with her husband who addressed their son. I am curious what you all think is an appropriate age?
In the meantime, stop by the Boys & Girls Club Cyber Safe site and take the quiz for yourself: Are you a smart cyber parent? Plus, do you have burning questions about online safety, then Ask the CyberTribe (side note: everyone who submits a question is entered for a chance to win an iPad mini and $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice). Be sure to check the Resources tab for further information. The page covers topics such as online bullying, social networks, mobile technologies and privacy settings.
The site might not have all the answers to the dilemmas your teenager will face. However, it is a great place to start for online safety!