Here are some suggestions for parents to help keep kids safe when using
importantly, teach your child about good decision-making skills.
This includes making good decisions about when and where to use their
device, treating others with respect, and how to keep him/herself safe
when using the device.
Talk to your
child about the responsibilities that come with having wireless devices.
Use a "Safe Use Agreement" that spells out exactly what is expected of
your child and what will happen if these rules are broken. Let your
child have a say when making this agreement.
If your child
comes to you with evidence that he/she is being cyberbullied, don't overreact. Many parents'
first response to this type of situation is to take the device away, or
even to blame the child. If you overreact, then your child will be
less likely to approach you with this type of problem (or any other, for
If your child
receives threats or inappropriate material, save the evidence and
contact an expert (police, school officials, etc.).
- discuss problems and situations with your child before they arise.
For example, ask your child what he/she would do if they receive an
inappropriate text message from someone.
Take time to
get to know your child's device. Read instruction manuals, play
around with the device, and even ask your child to show you what they can
do with it.
Learn as much
as possible about any parental controls available for your child's device.
Check the user's manual or contact customer support via phone or web for
help with this, as these controls are different from device to device.
Know who is
in your child's contact list, address book, buddy list, etc.
child's usernames and passwords.
cell phone statements to keep track of how many minutes are used, when
calls are made, how many text messages are sent and received, etc.
child not to post pictures of others without their consent, and not to
post any pictures that he/she wouldn't want you to see.
child of possible legal problems associated with posting pictures
without consent, threats, etc.
yourself and your children on a regular basis to check for
inappropriate or false references. Search for names, usernames,
screen names, etc.