I have a teen daughter who is the only person in the house with a 'real' phone. It was gifted to her by someone in the family who thought it was cruel not to let her have her own smartphone complete with Internet subscription, 'like everyone else.' One of her favorite things to do on her phone (besides texting) is to surf the internet for her favorite music videos. Though that has been mostly the extent of her online activity for the last couple of years, I have noticed her changing her habits and branching out to include other sites such as Instagram, a writing site, and even a little Facebook.
Though it's been fine for the most part, and it is nice to know she has a working phone when she is (increasingly) not here, it is also sometimes a cause for concern. The Internet is not always a safe place, especially for children/teens.
|Ask your question here & be entered to win an iPad mini|
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As a part of the Cyber Safe Futures campaign, a panelist of teens have been put into place to answer questions from you and me. You can access the weekly Q&A sessions at http://www.bgca.org/cybersafe/Pages/default.aspx. Once you are there, click on the 'Ask the Cyber Tribe' tab and submit your question(s).
It's easy to ask the #CyberTribe a question, and you can submit as many questions as you would like, up to 250 words.
I submitted my question today:
How prevalent is cyber bullying via text message, and what effective measures can you or your parents access to prevent it from happening, or stop it from continuing?
In addition, every question asked earns you an entry into the contest where one winner walks away with an iPad mini and $500 donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America, of their choice. That donation alone is totally worth asking a question to enter (contest ends 6/30/14).
I love this initiative because our children are smack dab in the middle of the technology age, and they could easily have insight that we do not currently possess, simply because this type of technology is a part of their normal daily lives. I also am very appreciative of such big organizations taking note, and moving forward with very positive steps to help protect our children. Big Kudos to both Sprint and BGCA for their awesome #CyberTribe panel of teens, and for their attempts at keeping our children #CyberSafe.
Again, here is the link to access the Q&A site.
What kinds of questions will you ask?