Even if your child isn't being cyberbullied, remind them that it is everyone's job to prevent bullying and encourage them to take a stand.
Sprint understands the benefits of staying connected to loved ones and friends through mobile technology. Each year, more and more children and teens are receiving mobile devices. Family safety is our priority and we want to help parents ensure that their child understands the benefits and risks associated with mobile technology.
Is your child counting down the days until he or she is permitted to have a mobile phone? Make sure to review your family's Internet safety rules with your children and become aware of the benefits and risks.
Set rules for your family's mobile phone use, including what sort of information and images are appropriate to share via text.
Bullying has always been an issue of concern among youth, but with advancing technology increasing the amount of time that teens spend communicating with each other when they are not face-to-face, cyberbullying is becoming more of a problem. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
According to a Cox Communications and Harris Interactive survey released in May 2009 (Teen Online and Cell Phone Behavior; Cyberbullying, Sexting and Parental Controls):
have cyberbullied someone online or via text message.
they have been cyberbullied.
that cyberbullying is easier to get away with than face-to-face bullying.
Joining a social network online can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. In fact, it’s hard to find someone that isn’t participating in some kind of social networking these days since texting, tweeting and posting to social sites has become part of everyday life. When used properly, social networking can be a fun way to share information; however, it’s important to teach youth safe ways to navigate social media sites and how to appropriately post, interpret and react to what’s online. At Sprint, we understand the power of technology and want to help parents learn how to start a positive dialog with their children to encourage them to have fun and stay safe while using social media.
Talk to your children about the information that they should never share without your permission when interacting online.
Keep your children safer online by being familiar with the technology and applications that they use to talk with one another.
Social media profiles, pictures, videos, instant messages and email are all part of a young person's everyday experience online. But how much is too much personal information to share? How do you know who your child is actually interacting with? It is important to know the level of personal information that your child is sharing online. As emerging technologies and updates to privacy policies on our favorite sites make it harder for all of us to control and maintain our privacy, the first step toward safety is awareness of the issues. Check out the information below which is designed to help parents guide their children to protect their online privacy.
If you or someone you know has been victimized by someone you met online, report them to www.cybertipline.com. Stand up for yourself and make sure no one else becomes a victim.
There is no greater risk to a child's safety than an online predator who wishes to meet in person. Help teach your children to identify predators' methods for online enticement.