Cyber Safety ResourcesThe following are resources that you may find useful to support you in having conversations with your child about their online activity and to provide guidance if your child is in trouble.
As you are aware, children and youth today spend a significant amount of their time “online” and “onscreen”. Through the ROC’s programs, young people have shared the challenges they face related to inappropriate, and often illegal, use of technology and their struggle to handle these experiences in a manner that is comfortable for them.
At the March 31st presentation (2016), PECI Drama Students shared a variety of true-to-life cyber-related scenarios that youth in our community are facing. Topics discussed included self/peer exploitation (sexting), cyber bullying, online predators and security settings on devices/social media. The PEC OPP discussed legal issues related to these e-crime activities while the ROC supported with action-oriented resources to empower the participants to be their own advocate in their personal safety.
Your child was sent home with a “goodie” bag that included a booklet of resources and points of discussion shared during the presentation. We encourage you to ask your child to share with you about what they learned and continue to have open dialogue about their online/onscreen use.
The most effective tool to keep your child safe is to play an active role in monitoring their cell phone and social media activity.You wouldn’t let your child drive your car without teaching them driver safety and the rules of the road. Your child’s device is their vehicle on the internet and social media. Be aware, Be involved, Be safe!
Get help removing pictures of your child online as well as resources for youth in crisis, addressing cyber bullying and information on the law related to e-criminal activity. Parents can also access additional guidance on how to talk to youth on cyber safety and self/peer exploitation, in particular.
Cool Tools to Share with Your Child
Should you find your child in a difficult situation,
empower them with one of these resources:
SendThisInstead (phone app)
The “Send this Instead” app empowers kids giving them a voice when they are under pressure to send intimate images of themselves.
Now when you see bullying, you can do something about it.
BeSafe (phone app)
Be Safe is meant to help you make decisions in a crisis. It will inform you about resources in your area and empower you to reach out safely.
A support zone for teen guys.
Being a teenager can be tough! Here you will find information about a variety of situations that you may be wondering about or possibly dealing with right now.
Teenangels are a group of thirteen to eighteen year old volunteers that have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security. Teenangels spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers.