JOIN US SEPT 24 @ 7:15pm for a presentation by Officer Graham of the Barrie Police! Protect yourself and your family. All attendees will get a FREE gift card. Event is at our 477 Grove St E location.
We have come a long way in the increasing digital age of computers, smartphones, and social media. Our ways to communicate with each other and learn new things have advanced but this has also opened the door to online safety risks.
This includes sharing private information, age-inappropriate apps or websites, the risk of online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying. Online predators can come in the form of random texts to messaging on an app like Facebook. It is important that parents are familiar with many of these risks, so they can teach their children to be aware of them, how to protect themselves, and to feel comfortable to approach family members.
While dating apps such a Tinder or Grindr are officially 18+, youth can still access these. Sexting occurs when texts, images, and/or videos of a sexually suggestive nature are shared via text. Consider this: 1 in 4 young people has been sexted (whether intentionally or unwanted). Cyberbullying is essentially online bullying and it may go unreported by your children. This type of bullying can be quite traumatizing and have significant impacts on the mental health and well being of youth.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ONLINE SAFETY:
What Parents Need To Know About Sexting: Tips from the Hamilton Police Service, including how to protect your children and communicate about sexting
Cyberbullying - Information For Parents: Government of Canada website with information on how to tell if your child is being cyberbullied and what to do about it
Protect Kids Online: Regularly updated information and guidance on risks and strategies from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
NeedHelpNow.ca: Information on removing a sexual picture/video from the internet, getting help with cyberbullying, how to support someone going through a crisis, and tips if worried about someone
STOP BY THE PHARMACIES FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF "PARENTING TWEENS AND TEENS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD" An online copy is available here!