Teens and Cyber Safety: Stop Think Click

In today’s digital world, from elementary school to nursing homes, someone is usually texting, surfing online or playing a video game.

Especially teens, they are old enough to understand the dangers, however some believe that bad things won’t happen to them.  Their ID will never be stolen, they won’t be chatting with a predator, and of course believe their friends would never forward – copy – paste their private photo’s (sharing virtually).

Regardless of how fast your fingers fly on a keyboard or cell phone, the best tool you have to help avoid risks online is your brain. When you’re ready to post or send a message or a photo, download a file, game or program, or shop for something—stop for a second. Think about things like:

Do you know and trust who you’re dealing with—or what you’re sharing or downloading?

How will you feel if your information ends up somewhere you didn’t intend?

Asking a few key questions first can help you protect yourself, your friends and your computer. Flip through and find more things to stop and think about before you click. Watch video on sidebar.

OnGuard Online Net Cetera is a program designed to help educate parents, teens, teachers, kids and everyone that using any sort of digital gadgets.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is offering FREE booklets to everyone.

The toolkit materials are free and in the public domain.  The FTC encourage teachers, parents and others who care for kids to use this resource during a classroom presentation, community gathering or PTA meeting, and to spread the word by using the information in a newsletter or on your website, ordering free copies of Net Cetera and Heads Up for your neighborhood school from bulkorder.ftc.gov, or sharing the toolkit with colleagues and community leaders.

Remember, safety matters. Keeping your family safe both online and off is a priority.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens!

Read more and watch video.

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