Kicking Off Summer on the Right (and Safe) Foot

In addition to being the official start of summer, June is Internet Safety Month (you can read more about it from our friends at the National Cyber Security Alliance). That makes now the perfect time to revisit digital safety rules of the road for consumers of any age, but particularly teens as they ramp up device use and socializing in the coming weeks.

In honor of June’s focus on digital safety, ASKfm today launched a Q&A series offering different perspectives on some of the most-talked about issues as it relates to teens being smart and safe online. Over the next few weeks, we’ll sit down with digital safety experts, parents, law enforcement professionals and teens themselves to get different viewpoints on the true dangers surrounding teens use of social media and how best to avoid them. We’ll look to separate the truth from the hype and drill down on actionable recommendations for how parents can best partner with kids and better guide them toward healthy, positive decisions online.

To kick things off, check out our first Q&A with Dr. Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and one of ASKfm’s Safety Advisory Board members. He covers off on a variety of hot button issues– including cyberbullying and sexting – as well the best time to broach the topic of digital safety with your kids, and his own worst mistake on social media.

Stay tuned for more great interviews throughout June.