About Net Safety


Smartphones

78% of teenagers, ages 12 to 17 have a cellphone. 74% of teens rely on their parents and other adults for information about protecting themselves online.  Source

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.


Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. It may also include cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking.

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):


1 in 5
teens 13 to 18

have cyberbullied someone online or via text message.

Cyberbullying - Text

1 in 10
teens say,

they have been cyberbullied.

Cyberbullying - Targeted

4 in 5
teens believe,

that cyberbullying is easier to get away with than face-to-face bullying.

Cyberbullying vs. Bullying

Interacting Online

81% of teens currently interact on social networking sites on a regular basis.   Source


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.

Predators & Privacy

Check out the information below which is designed to help parents guide their children to protect their online privacy.


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.