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Who's My Child Texting? Parents' Guide To Texting Safety

WHO'S MY CHILD TEXTING? PARENTS' GUIDE TO TEXTING SAFETY Texting has become an effective and convenient form of communication. LOL It connects people nearby and worldwide and nurtures relationships. TEXTING SAFETY TIPS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD Worrying about your child is part of parenthood. While you can't create the perfect environment for your kids, you can absolutely train them to protect and defend themselves while texting. Don't Talk With Strangers Don't Send Any Inappropriate Content Make sure your child knows not to talk to strangers through texting and private messaging. This rule also applies to those they friend and connect with on social media. Under no circumstances should they send inappropriate photos, videos, sexts, and more. Once they out of their hands. The recipient can do as they wish with the content. nd, it's If Someone Is Harassing You, Avoid Clicking On Links From Unknown Numbers Block Them If someone is harassing your child, you or your child should block them immediately. This includes cyberbullies, trolls, or solicitors targeting them. If your child is sent any link, require them to tell you about it before clicking on it so you can validate it first. Be Careful What You Message When In Doubt, Ask Your Parents Text messages can often be misinterpreted. Advise your child to re-read every message before sending it to make sure it cannot be misconstrued. Also, If your child is questioning any text or person who is contacting them, reassure them that they can come to you for help. As an adult, you have better judgment in spotting online threats and those trying to take advantage of your child. ensure your child understands that they should limit the personal information they share with anyone they message. 4 KIDS TEXTING DANGERS There are many dangers associated with texting, especially for children who don't know any better. While parents can't control all their kids' online or virtual activities, they can rely on reputable and reliable monitoring apps and other tools to help and guide them. Cyberbullying II It's easier to show off and insult people through texts or messages. Some bullies think they can get away with their actions since there are "no" witnesses. Your child might be suffering in silence from bullying and may be afraid to tell anyone. Sexual Predators Most sexual predators are no longer lurking on playgrounds, they are using technology to their advantage. They use messaging and texting apps to find their victims. Though kids are advised to "not talk to strangers", they're more likely to fall for predators' "sweet" and "kind" messages. Physical Consequences Too much texting or phone usage, in general, could cause neck strain, thumb numbness, and dry eyes. Some studies even show that excessive texting could lead to anxiety and insomnia. Eventually, the consequences will reflect on their school grades and behavior. Sexting *The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by USC showed that 20% of kids receive sexts and 5% of them sent one. Kids are simply too young to handle such things on their own. If this continues without proper guidance, it could lead to teenage pregnancy, sexual assault, or worse, the transmission of life-threatening diseases like HIV or AIDS. SAFEGUARDE.COM

Who's My Child Texting? Parents' Guide To Texting Safety

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While texting may seem like a harmless form of communication, it’s actually not 100% safe especially to kids. There are, however, several tips to guide or assist them.

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