Tuesday, June 10, 2014

#MC #Sponsored The #CyberTribe is helping Kids be #CyberSafe!

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation



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
& a $500 donation to the BGCA of your choice!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) & Sprint have recognized the need to have safer practices in place for Internet use with children, and have taken some very important steps to help. With June being Internet Safety Awareness Month, there is no better time to share their initiative.

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?

69 comments:

  1. This is a very good drive and I really hope parents will take notice and action. The internet is really not safe for children. And children have a hard time turning away or knowing how to defend themselves while online.

    We can't stop the technology run, but we can learn and adapt and definitely stay on top of it with our children.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Most excellent points, Colette. And I'm standing right there with you!! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Wow great post, very helpful to get attention for this subject. great share. Thank you

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  3. What a great thing to do! Sounds like they'll make a big difference in internet safety for children.

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing it!

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  5. Cyberbullying is super rampant and bad. It's crazy that even grown adults do it, but think it's okay because they call it "trolling"

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  6. That is an awesome idea. I do worry about my kids when they are old enough to be online.

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  7. The internet can be a scary place if a child wanders into the wrong section. It's good there are protections. Cyberbullying is just another bad aspect of something that should be a good thing.

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  8. Boys and Girls Club is such a great organization. It's great that the subject of cyber bullying is being tackled.

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  9. Sounds like a great idea.Cyber bullying is really scary.Can never be too careful so much of it around.

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  10. What a great initiative. Cyberbullying is a real problem, and I am so glad that Cybertribe is helping.

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  11. A wonderful initiative. Though my dinosaur self wishes that it wasn't necessary. Which it is.

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  12. Cyber bullying is getting out of hand.. so far we have been lucky.

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  13. I worry about cyber bullying. It seems like it happens more because kids tend to be looser with their words when they don't have to see the reaction.

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  14. I love Boys and Girls Club. They've helped so many people. Now they are moving towards helping prevent cyber bullying, that's great! It's a big problem.

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  15. Teens are a lot more comfortable online than most adults, so it's good to keep track of what they can get into.

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  16. I remember the B & G Club of America from when I was a kid. I am glad that they are still working hard to reach out to the youth of America!

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  17. I always support the Boys and Girls Club initiatives.. glad they are taking a stand on this as well

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  18. This is a great program and very important cause.

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  19. I did some volunteering through my job at our local Boys and Girls Club and I enjoyed it SO much! I have a little girl of my own so I think it came pretty natural since I love children. I plan on going back this Summer!

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  20. This is fantastic. It scares me for when my son is older with technology. I'm definitely going to ask a question!

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  21. It is awesome that the panelist is a group of teens. I'm sure they're doing a fantastic job, much better than adults would do.

    Even though responsible kids use the internet responsibly, it IS concerning. You never know when porn sites will pop up when you're perusing something innocent. Cyberspace is scary indeed. Good to know there are folks taking measures like these.

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  22. Great that they raise so much awareness

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  23. Oh yeah, there are many loons on there and so much back door malware and this that and the other thing it can be scary

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  24. That is an awesome initiative. I hope it helps with cyber bulling.

    Michelle F.

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  25. Online bullying is very rampant because anyone can just say whatever. I know that they can't do just that in real life because cyberbullies are real cowards.

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  26. Great initiative! We ran into a large group from The Boys and Girls Club during our MOPS playdate today. Everyone was having so much fun!

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  27. This is such a great program. My kids are too young to be at risk now, but potential cyberbullying when they get older scares me.

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  28. Your submitted a great question! I worry about text bullying!

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  29. Cyber bullying is something that concerns me. Just today I saw someone on my daughter's Twitter feed making fun of her and her boyfriend. When she stood up for herself, they told her to leave them the "F***" alone, like she was the one doing the attacking lol. While the technology we have today is so awesome, it also is cause for a lot of concern!

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  30. This is AWESOME, what a great program!

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  31. You asked an excellent question! I like that teens are the ones fielding these. That makes total sense.

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  32. Keeping our kids safe in this crazy world isn't easy. It is hard to keep ourselves safe too. Love the idea of this.

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  33. This is definitely an important movement! My kids are not quite old enough to use the internet much and never without supervision but this is a great thing to know about for future reference.

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  34. Kids with phone also has its responsibility to adhere and this is a nice forum to raise issues and concerns on the access of internet services right at their fingertips.

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  35. this is a good awareness we should really spread about.

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  36. There is so much cyber bullying going on. I am glad that there are programs that create awareness about the problem and teach people how and where to get help if needed.

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  37. Awesome idea, this is a great and interesting program.

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  38. What a great cause. I was bullied as a kid and I thank God that cyber bullying didn't exist then because I think it would have been so much worse.

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  39. This is awesome how you are spreading the word on prevention of bulling. The I pad and donating money to charity of their choice. Keep up great work.

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  40. Internet safety and cyber bullying are problems that didn't exist 20 years ago. Great program and awesome to raise awareness.

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  41. This looks like a great initiative! I love the Boys & Girls Club - they do so much for kids in the community!

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  42. It's a good way to help parents understand, and children, what to watch out for online. Good to spread the word on cyber bullying

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  43. This sounds like a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing it, The Boys and Girls Club is a great organization.

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  44. Cyber safety is so important. I used to go to a Boys and Girls Club!

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  45. This is such an important subject. Our kids are the digital age...they are growing up with this stuff from day one. We really need to focus on teaching the dangers of some of the technology.

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  46. This is a great idea! I love that the winner doesn't just get money, they get to donate to the Boys and Girls Club. Those clubs help a lot of kids around here, especially during the summer.

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    1. I think that's a nice twist for a giveaway too, Melinda.

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  47. This looks like a great thing to do, I love it when they have clubs like this that help the kids out.

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  48. Cyberbullying is a serious thing, not just kids have problems, adults do too. I've had my share of it, this is a great cause.

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  49. Cyberbullying is a really scary thing. There is no way to prevent it and some of the more emotionally connected children really get hurt badly.

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  50. This is a good project as cyberbullying is a big thing.

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  51. I'm glad the issue of cyber bullying is now getting more visibility. Parents and kids as well as the schools need to work together to eradicate it.

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  52. We need to make sure our children are safe. Winning the prize is a great incentive and an added plus!!

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  53. I was not aware that June was Internet Safety Awareness month. This initiative for Boys N Girls club is very nice.

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  54. I love this concept! Your question was a good one and one that worries me a bit!

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  55. You can't be too careful online these days. There are so many dangers out there. Glad there are ways to stay safe

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  56. So many kids are connected these days. What a great to have the Cyber Tribe to help them.

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  57. This is a wonderful initiative. It's so important to be safe online.

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  58. It is a great initiative... Everyone should be cybersafe.

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  59. This hi a great program. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. The boys and girls club do a lot of wonderful things in Canada they have a boys and girls club as well and both my brother and sister were part of it they do a lot of work to get kids safe and out of trouble instead of having to be home alone or hang out with gangs they go to the boys and girls club and do fun healthy safe kid oriented stuff. I can't say enough great things and you know what everyone needs to be cybersafe even if they are street safe.

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  61. It's very sad that cyberbullying is such a big issue. We have to teach young people how to be compassionate and caring towards one another.

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  62. It must be so worrisome to have a teenager now. I can't imagine how it will be with my son. This is a great initiative.

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  63. Watching kids who watch youtube is important. We found Caillou "edited" and it wasn't appropriate.

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  64. It is important to watch what our kids are watching. Internet security and awareness is an important subject to teach our children.

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  65. Great post. This is such a great program. It's so important to keep our kids safe online.

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  66. I'm glad that there's this kind of program for the safety of kids online. Thanks for sharing and I hope more programs like this will come out.

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  67. We would really like it if a boys club was in our area. I think this is a fantastic thing for kiddos.

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