Internet Safety Tips For Teenagers


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Internet Safety Tips for Teenagers

Today’s teenagers are the first generation to be considered true digital natives, meaning they have grown up with the internet and feel very comfortable using it in a wide variety of settings.

Besides, it also means that it’s pretty tough, if not impossible, to keep them away from the internet. In fact, according to Pew, 95 percent of teenagers have access to a smartphone, while 45 percent say they are online “almost constantly.”

That so many teens are online is great. The internet is a tremendous resource for learning and socializing – but for parents, whose top priority is children’s safety, these numbers can be concerning. We all know about the dangers that lurk on the internet.

However, no one is advocating trying to keep teens away from the internet; this would not only be impossible but impractical. We live in a digital world, and the answer to keeping kids safe lies in helping them become smart online users, especially teenagers, who will soon fly on their own in the world.

Below we’ve compiled a summary of the different threats teenagers face and outlined some strategies for helping you keep them safe while they operate in an increasingly digital world.

The Threats Teens Face​

We all face threats when we’re online, but teenagers face a unique set of them, primarily because they are still developing their abilities to discern danger and protect themselves. To adequately assist them and keep them safe, it’s essential to be fully aware of the many different risks that are out there.

  • Exposure to harmful or inappropriate content – As you know, you can find anything on the internet. This means teens can easily come into contact with violent, hateful, or lewd content, and seeing this when not prepared for it can have some pretty dramatic consequences.
  • Cyberbullying – Bullying has been a problem in schools since the beginning of time, but it’s moving away from the basketball courts and lunchrooms and into the digital world. It can have a real impact on your child’s psyche.
  • Unwanted sexual advances – Because of the anonymity the internet affords, it’s a hotbed for creeps and other disgusting individuals who want to harm your teenager. They often pose as adults or other people kids might trust, and your children need to know how to detect these threats and protect themselves against them.
  • Identity theft – As teenagers in a digital world, much more of their lives are online than generations of the past, meaning they are at a higher risk for having sensitive personal information stolen.
Thanks to Gerrard Lee for the info!

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