Digital Safety for Teens: 20 Tips in 20 Days – #20 Reward Safe Behavior, Don’t Punish

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#20 Reward Safe Behavior, Don't Punish Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about ways to ensure your teen stays on the right course - and you may have noticed a common threat of punishment (such as taking away their smartphone) if they misbehave. After all, if your teen isn’t responsible enough to own a smartphone, they probably shouldn’t have one in the first place - and you’ll need to teach them some responsibility. However, your goal shouldn’t be to drive teens into … [Read more...]

Digital Safety for Teens: 20 Tips in 20 Days – #19 Make Sure Your Teen Knows They Can Talk to YOU.

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#19 Make Sure Your Teen Knows They Can Talk to YOU Are you holding things back from your teen? Even if you don’t think you’re avoiding certain subjects, there’s a good chance your teen thinks you are - and being someone your teen can’t talk to about various subjects is one of the worst places to be at. Why Won’t Teens Talk To You? As Dr. Steinberg explains in the article mentioned above, teens are often reluctant to talk to their parents about sexual issues because they think you’ll hold back … [Read more...]

Digital Safety for Teens: 20 Tips in 20 Days – #18 Set A Good Example — Unplug!

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#18 Set A Good Example -- Unplug! No matter how much your child idolizes Taylor Swift or one of the One Direction boys; no matter how much they may say in their “rebellious” teen years about you and your technological savvy, be aware: you are and will remain their Number #1 role model. Children are incredibly observant, and they navigate and learn about life by picking up on cues from the people around them. As their parent or guardian, they are most likely to pick up your habits - both … [Read more...]

Digital Safety for Teens: 20 Tips in 20 Days – #17 Use Pop Culture To Start Conversations

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#17 Use Pop Culture To Start Conversations Over the course of these tips, we’ve repeatedly emphasized the importance of talking to your teen - but how do you actually start the conversation? We suggest using pop culture - and there are several good ways of going about this. Using News Stories If there’s one thing you can rely on the media for, it’s publishing the shocking stories of when things have gone horribly wrong… as in the case of Sydney Sellers, who looked like the perfect child but … [Read more...]

Digital Safety for Teens: 20 Tips in 20 Days – #16 Give The “Sext” When They Are Young

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#16 Give The "Sext" When They Are Young Sexting - it’s the last thing many parents want to talk to their children about, especially if those kids aren’t even teenagers yet. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get away from sexual content if you’re online - one study found that 17% of boys had been exposed to adult content against their desires by the time they were 11 years old. The simple truth of human nature is that once our bodies are sexually developed, we start looking for ways of expressing … [Read more...]