Internet Safety for Teens
As children enter their teenage years, they begin to feel they are young adults, and the ability to influence their decisions is usually reduced. New technologies allow teenagers to write disappearing e-mails disarming your ability to review what they may be writing and who they may be writing it to. This, makes monitoring your teenagers use of the Internet difficult if not impossible. And the worst thing you could do with a teenage child is to appear to be overbearing, which may have worked with small children. But with teens, that type of authoritative approach may cause them to clam up and use the Internet secretly virtually eliminating your oversite. You have to remember until they turn 18, you are legally responsible for many of their actions and more importantly their safety.
If there are teens in your life that you think would benefit from reminders of safety tips for use in their excursions into the Internet please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see all the tips Grandma SN has left for them on Safety.
- No one wants their teenage girl lured into a nude webcam scheme or their teen age boy discovering he can buy firearms, and gun accessories on line, that he can’t get at the local gun shop because of his age, Just by using your credit cards.
- What may actually be worse is to see your boy or girl teenager become radicalized by an extremist or terrorist group especially since they have been found to use the Internet effectively for recruitment.
There is no number of heart to heart talks you could have with a teenager to convince him he is still under your auspices and needs to heed your advice. Many teenagers believe at 13 they are actually young adults and will tune you out. Even worse you have no assurance they would not see things you don’t want them to see outside your house. But you can prevent your home computers from being used by them to visit websites and blogs you are uncomfortable with. Additionally, if you tell your friends and suggest they tell their friends, to visit this website and participate in our quest to make the Internet safe for people of all ages, you can severely reduce the number of sources of computers where your teen may be unnecessarily influenced. Together, we can start a movement that to date has been overlooked, protecting our teens on-line. As parents and guardians we don’t hesitate to challenge school systems on the safety of our kids and teens. Most municipalities have made it more difficult for teenagers to obtain tobacco and alcohol. But it seems we have all forgotten about the Internet, where many teens spend most of their time. Grandma SN has included a list of seven suggestions you should try to communicate to your teenager. Though it may not seem like it, they actually do listen to what you say.
GRANDMA SN’s LIST OF INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR TEENS
- Similar to what you night do for a small child, you should research software designed to act as a filter to what may be viewed on-line. Most browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and others offer features to block out entire ranges of material that may be objectionable to teens. Additionally, in the summer of 2016, Grandma SN and the Saafenet corporation will introduce a free software product that will allow you to eliminate websites you don’t want your teens to see. The software will be birth date activated so adults may still have unlimited access to the Internet. The Saafenet Corporation’s website is under construction now, but will be available soon and may be reached at http://www.saafenet.com. This teen age girl won’t get caught in a nude web cam scam because her parents use Grandma SN’s Lists to learn Internet Safety for Teens
- Some websites offer parental controls. If you find your teen is visiting a website with such controls, you should immediately learn to use them, if that website contains content or images you are uncomfortable having your teen see or in some cases even hear. Its important to password protect any feature you may find that limits your teens access to objectionable material, where password protection is available. Children will seldom be able to persuade you to surrender a password and most would never try. But, teens may think they can outsmart you to get the password. Even if you are wrong, stick to your guns and refuse to surrender something that will protect your child from encountering junk on-line, and in an extreme case could save his life.
- Teenage people don’t stay around home or the immediate community like children do. And teens must be reminded they should not share pictures of themselves, the family or their home address on-line. And, under no circumstance should they arrange to meet with anyone they meet on-line, either at or away from home. The problem of clandestine meetings turning into rape, robbery and even murder has become so big a problem may police departments have begun to have sting operations to catch would be predators. But the police can’t do it alone, common sense has to start at home.
- Many teens are already aware of computer viruses but they need to be reminded too, they should never open e-mails from unknown sources, especially those that include attachments. E-mail attachments may contain viruses, malware and other things that can damage the family computer, denying everyone its use. Many teens believe they know more about computers then you will ever know, but it makes them feel good to know you still care.
- Nothing on-line is completely private so teens must be warned to be careful of what they write or share on-line. In addition to a disregard for the previously mentioned warnings, a child could cause a parent to be blindsided by unexpected legal action if your child or another child uses your computers to bully or send threatening communications to someone you may not even know.
- Some teens may have their own debit or credit cards or permission to use your’s sometime. They should be constantly reminded to only use those cards at secure websites, and to never use them on public computers like those available at the public library. In order to make the Internet the tremendous learning tool it can be for them keep the lines of communications open. Grandma SN will update this list of safety tips often, so don’t for get to come back and help her to do that. We need your suggestions and your opinion on websites worth viewing and those that aren’t.
- Be certain your teen is aware of the dangers of lying about his age to get into a social network. Though Face Book spends millions of dollars trying to keep the site clean, and has rules the membership is expected to honor, there is still a great deal of nudity, pornography, romance scams and other things many teens, especially those under 16 years old would not be ready for. The same thing happens on the other social networks as well, so it is not just limited to any one of them.
After reading Grandma SN’s suggestions for teens, won’t you please take a moment to review the rest of our website. Additionally we offer seven suggestions for Internet safety for Children, Adults, and Senior Citizens. But the most attractive feature of this website is Grandma SN’s list of recommended websites and blogs to visit and her recommended list of websites you may want your kids and teens to avoid. Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with you ideas for Internet safety for every member of the family and include your opinion of websites you feel are worth visiting and those that aren’t. When we receive at least 75 recommendations of either positive or negative content and images on a website or a blog, it’ll be added to one of Grandma SN’s lists.