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Raising digital kids: 10 tips for improving parent-teen relationships

by Annie Fox, M.Ed. author of Teaching Kids to Be Good People. http://AnnieFox.com You know your child is an adolescent (semi-formed human) when she or he: Gives you attitude over stuff that’s never been an issue before. Refuses to do what you ask. Agrees to do it and then (un)wittingly “forgets” Denies they ever agreed to Continue Reading …

My Child is Being Bullied Online Anonymously. What should I do?

What is anonymous cyberbullying? The growth of social networks over the past ten years has provided opportunities for people across the globe to connect with one another. However, it has also presented problems, and many of the social issues that confronted us offline have now made their way online. One such online problem is cyberbullying. Continue Reading …

A Practical Guide for Parents of Children using Social Media

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) recently published a Practical Guide for parents and carers of children using social Media. As a member of its working group, we’d like to share this great resource with parents and anyone who works with children using the Internet. Here’s a link to the guide, with practical tips Continue Reading …

A Parents’ Guide to ASKfm

If your kids are using ASKfm, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with our platform. ConnectSafely.org created a Parents’ Guide to ASKfm (.pdf file) This guide gives you what you need to know to set up an account, ask and answer questions and report abuse or problems.

20 Questions for a Safe Password

The author, Parry Aftab, is an Internet privacy and security lawyer and an expert in cybercrime and best practices. Passwords, when misused, can be a serious threat to students who quickly find their accounts hacked, taken over or messages sent to their friends in their name. While 70% of polled students told Wired Safety that they share Continue Reading …

Learning Digital Safety Lessons from the Offline World

As an expert in safety, security, and privacy issues, I realize how intimidating the digital world can seem. In recent years, I’ve spoken to hundreds of dedicated parents—families committed to protecting their teens online—and their questions are almost always the same. How do I protect my teen from dangers online? How do I overcome such Continue Reading …

Dealing with CyberBullying? How to React, And Support Your Teen

Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying.  Know that you’re lucky if your child asks for help. Most young people don’t tell their parents about bullying online or offline. So if your child’s losing Continue Reading …

A Science-Based Look at the Digitally Native Teen

Today we face an unprecedented challenge when it comes to parenting and guiding young adults. Young people today live a great deal of their lives in the new and ‘virtual neighborhoods’ of the online world. They access the online world through smartphones and tablets, using apps and social media to express themselves, watch videos, share Continue Reading …

Parents & Educators: Talk to Your Kids About Social Media!

There has never been a time in the history of humankind that teens have had so many options in regards to what they view and experience, as well as how and with whom they share it. As of the end of 2014, the UN estimates that over 3 billion people will have access to the Continue Reading …

Social Web Tips for Parents

These tips for parents about safety on the social Web are based on the latest research from the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (with input from our colleagues there). Be reasonable and try to set reasonable expectations. Pulling the plug on your child’s favorite social site is like pulling Continue Reading …