Monday, April 23, 2012

Do we know what our kids are doing online?

When we were young there were no cell phones, internet, ipods, ipads, kindles.  In fact, there weren't even computers!  So actually, we have no idea what our teenagers get up to online, because when we were teenagers we didn't have the internet so we can't draw from our personal experiences.  How can we warn our kids about the online dangers when we never experienced them ourselves?  We grew up being told not to take candy from strangers.  What are we telling our kids in this technological age?
Diane Griffin is a security expert who knows all about what our kids get up to online, and believe you me, you will be shocked if you just knew the half of it. 
Diane Griffin is the founder and President of Security First & Associates. Ms. Griffin works with a variety of clients throughout the Security industry. Ms. Griffin has also worked in a wide array of fields to include training, facilitation, communications, human resources and industrial security management and Ms. Griffin is the current Chapter Chair for National Classification Management Society (NCMS), Chapter 26.
Diane's expertise in the security field and her experience as an author of books on Security Clearances helped her make a natural transition to security issues for teens and their parents.  According to Ms. Griffin, Social Media is the way to communicate with teenagers today. Parents have a lot to learn when it comes to  the behaviors of their children online.   To help parents and teachers understand today's teenager, Diane Griffin has written several books on the topic of Social Media and your teens.  She also has a helpful blog that gives good advice about the subject and valuable resources for parents
and teens on the subject of internet and phone safety on her site  Take advantage of a security expert to help you manage this important process in your child's life.  Diane Griffin shares her knowledge about sexting.

Let’s Talk About ‘Sexting”

As a parent, you have probably already had the “sex talk” with your teenage son or daughter, but have you had the “sexting” talk? ‘Sexting’ is the practice of sending sexually explicit messages or images electronically, primarily via mobile phone. These messages and images can spread like wildfire through schools or even across the country and can even get posted on public websites—turning what may have seemed like a harmless act into one with severe consequences.
If you don’t think this is a problem with teens, think again. According to, 22% of teen girls and 20% of teen boys have sent nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and 38% of all teens believe that exchanging such sexy content makes dating or hooking up with others more likely. Wow, those are sobering statistics.
As a security expert, I want to help parents deal with this growing problem and keep their children (and themselves) out of harm’s way. Here are some tips from my new ebook, Safe Text: Protecting Your Teens from the Dangers of Texting:
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• Give your teen clear rules on what they can and can’t do with their mobile phone.
• Learn how to use and monitor your teen’s mobile phones.
• Talk about pressures to send revealing photos. Let teens know that you understand that they can be pushed or dared into sending something. Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is,the potential social humiliation will be hundreds of times worse.
• Remind them that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved – and they will lose control of it.
• The buck stops with them. If someone sends them a photo, have them delete it immediately.

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Angie B said...

I"m stopping by from Taking Time For Mommy's Blog. I remember we got the internet when I was about 15 or 16 . The old dial up. Chat rooms on AOL were the thing then. Now I don't even know if they exist. To make a long story short I remember talking to this guy who said he was from Massachusetts or somewhere. Much older and he wanted to meet me. Asking me about my size including my bra size. That was it, I blocked that guy but he still tried to cyber stalk me. It's scary what could happen in a seemingly innocent conversation online. People aren't even always who they say they are.

Biki said...

I can see how sexting has taken over from regular flirting with the evolution of the internet and social media. Its something that most won't think of and the safety that is provided by not doing it face to face, there is annonomity. No one realizes that it all follows you. Worse, the celebrities they follow don't make it into something really negative, just outrageous.

Cindy Vine said...

Angie unfortunately the internet attracts a lot of creeps who thrive in the anonymity of it all.
I agree Biki, you say things in a text you'd never say face to face.