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Safety on line

The Internet and social media have opened up a whole new world, and a whole new set of challenges, for parents and children.  There are so many ways in which technology has a positive impact on our day-to-day lives.  

Depending on your age, you may remember how difficult it was to communicate a change in plans before cell phones. 

At the same time, many of us are concerned that we and our children are spending too much time in front of a computer, and not enough time being active. 

It’s not just a question of how much time, it’s also a question of what we are doing while we are on the ‘net.  Recent tragedies in Canada have alerted us to the dangers of on-line sexual exploitation and cyber-bullying.  No child and few adolescents can navigate the complexity of relationships in a wired universe.  Remember – judgment and discretion are still under development until young adulthood

It’s too easy for children and teens to be led astray.  There is no guarantee of  privacy in the public on-line space.  Once personal information or photographs of your child are on the Internet, there is no way of taking them back.  

Depending on the age of your child, you will want to use different strategies that allow them to use social media and the Internet to connect with peers without inadvertently opening themselves up for future exploitation, threats or bullying.  

The following handout, developed jointly by the BC Ministries of Health and Education, has some good general information about how to make it safe for your child(ren) to use social media  and the internet safely.

Internet safety tips for parents

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