7 Tips On Keeping Your Child Safe Online

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Children learn about stranger danger from a very young age. We remind them about the importance of their safety whenever they step out of the home. Those same cautions should be applied to the cyber world.

Children are beginning to use the internet at younger ages. They have access to oodles of information at their fingertips and the ability to network instantly across distances. But there are some real risks and safety concerns when it comes to the world wide web.

Here are 7 ways you can help keep your child safe online:

1. Open a Discussion

Provide your child with information rather than a list of don’ts. Talk about the risks involved with social media. Try not to be confrontational and ask open-ended questions. Let your child know that they can come to you if they come across disturbing content and if they are being bullied.

2. Talk About Digital Citizenship

In order to practice good digital citizenship, your child must understand that the internet is public and that their online activity can follow them and can impact their future. Discuss the consequences negative online behavior can have not only on your child but others as well. College Admissions Officials may look at online profiles. What kind of information does your child want them to find?

3. Take Control Of Your Privacy

Offer to review profile settings of social media accounts together and ensure they are set to private. This can stop unwanted strangers from contacting your children and viewing their posts. Empower your children to make decisions that will protect their privacy.

4. Educate Yourself

To ensure your children are safe online, educate yourself about existing dangers. Try to stay as up-to-date as possible with what is trending and popular among teens. You can refer to our recent blog post series (Popular Teen Apps Parents Need To Know) that details the safety risks of popular teen apps.

5. Set Rules

Work as a family to create ground rules for your home in regards to screen time and phone usage. Keep computers in a central location so you can easily monitor your child’s activity and set time limits. Limit phone and tablet usage in bed at night.

6. Be An Example

Lead by example by following the ground rules that you yourself set for the home. That includes not using your phone in bed and during the time you spend with your children. Involve your children when posting their pictures and respect their privacy when they ask you to not share something.

7. Filter The Internet

Filtering devices are tools that help you block and filter websites and social media. Securly’s Plug n’ Play Hub goes one step further, and lets you create safe Wi-fi at home for your kids. The Hub connects to your home Wi-fi router to ensure that search engine results and YouTube are in safe mode. Parents can manage restrictions and time limits through an app without affecting their own Wi-fi experience.

Popular Teen Apps Parents Need To Know (Part 2)

Part 1 explored safety concerns and hidden dangers of social apps popular with teens today. But the more we researched, the more risky apps and websites we found. So today we are bringing you Part 2, an investigation into more popular teen apps.   

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Popular Teen Apps Parents Need To Know (Part 1)

On average, teens spend about 9 hours a day using media. With summer break, that number may increase. The apps most popular among teens and tweens may seem harmless; however, there are real safety concerns that parents need to be aware of:

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Securly 24: Saving Lives One Call At A Time

Since 2015, Auditor and Filter have used AI-based technology to flag messages of grief and bullying in emails, social media posts, and Internet searches. When a concerning message is detected, automated email alerts are sent to the IT admin in that district. But we knew we could do one better. So last September, we released securly:// 24 to the world.

Welcome to our 24 Student Safety Operations. This combines our Auditor and Filter sentiment analysis algorithm with a team of Student Safety Analysts who conduct risk analysis in real time on alerts flagged for suicide, depression, self-harm, and bullying. If the alert indicates imminent danger for the student, our analysts notify designated emergency contacts from the school immediately.

Even better? Our analysts are able to review the student’s previous alerts and search activity to form a more complete picture of the situation. This kind of insight means that we can help a suicidal student who vaguely emailed a friend they were in pain, but searched “how to kill yourself” on Google 5 minutes later.

“Securly has unique insight to student’s online activities and our analysts are trained to use this information to identify students experiencing real threats to their safety,” says Kathy Boehle, Director of Securly’s 24 Student Safety Operations. “Students aren’t always straightforward when communicating via email. Often Securly’s search data can clarify which students are a little sad, and which students are desperate and need immediate help.”

After a few short months, 34 lives have been saved. Here are just a few of those stories:

How To Help Your Child Through The Stress Of Exams

Summer is just around the corner and you may have already begun planning family vacations and outings. But before they have fun, your kids have to take a little something called final exams [insert scary Halloween-like sounds here].

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Securly Shares 5 Years of Student Safety Evolution

In 2013, Securly had its humble beginnings as a web filter company with the release of our flagship filter product. Student safety has always been our mission, and something we have prioritized when building and releasing new products and services for the K-12 market. 5 years of releases and launches later, we are not just a web filter company. We are The student safety company. Presenting…5 Years with Securly!

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5 Ways to Promote Mental Health Awareness at School

It’s Mental Health Month, and today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. 11.01% of 12-17 year olds reported suffering from at least one major depressive episode in 2017, and suicide is the third leading cause of death for children aged 10-14.

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Suicide Prevention: 6 Warning Signs You Need To Know

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Thanks to Part 1, we know how suicides can happen, and what factors can contribute to those feelings. Now, we’ll take a look at how those suicidal thoughts manifest through actions, and how you can catch them when they happen.

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Social Media Challenges: What Adults Need To Know

Teens are suffering second-degree burns from purposefully rubbing salt and ice on their skin. Laundry detergent pods are being swallowed resulting in hospitalizations. Recently, a student at a New Jersey High School died after playing something called the Choking Challenge.

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The recent rise of social media challenges is putting teens at risk of serious physical harm. So why are these internet challenges so appealing? Why would teens purposely inflict harm on themselves for fun?

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7 Ways to Encourage Body Positivity

Studies show that by the time kids reach pre-adolescence “tween” years, 40% of girls consider themselves overweight. 45% of boys and girls in grades 3-6 want to be thinner. And 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.

Body positivity is a sensitive topic to address with children. Their experiences with self-esteem and body image are often fraught with mixed messages from their social environment and media. But with support from parents and loved ones, it can be achieved.

We’ve compiled 7 strategies to help you not only set the stage for your kids to have a positive and healthy experience with their bodies, but address any concerns or worries that do come up. 

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