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A Message About Cyber Safety

June 6, 2013

Tweens and teens today are, on average, interacting with digital media for 7 to 11 hours a day (according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study), and more and more through mobile technology.  While so many of these digital experiences enhance their lives, it is hard to ignore the social and safety issues this access presents.

Below is a list of articles and websites that can serve as a starting point to help you become familiar with the sites and apps that many of your children are using, and can enable you to have informed discussions with your children about how to stay safe.


5 Facebook privacy settings you need to check now, Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY January 18, 2013

A Guide to Facebook’s Privacy Options



Instagram And Snapchat Becoming More Popular Among Kids, Facebook Considered Less ‘Cool’

Huffington Post By ANNE FLAHERTY 03/18/13


Want that naked sext you sent to just go away? There’s an app for that, COURTNEY SHEA, Special to The Globe and Mail, Thursday, Apr. 18 2013

A Growing App Lets You See It, Then You Don’t, New York Times By JENNA WORTHAM , Published: February 8, 2013

“Although Snapchat says that it cannot see or store copies of content, the service still allows nimble-fingered users to capture screenshots of photos. Mr. Murphy calls that mechanism a “feature, not a vulnerability” of the service. Each time a screenshot of a Snapchat is taken, the sender is alerted that the image has been captured. There have also been reports of loopholes and hacks that let people save videos and screenshots. “Nothing ever goes away on the Internet,” Mr. Spiegel acknowledged.”


Twitter 101 – Web Wise Kids

Twitter Safety tips for parents

Who’s Following Your Child on Twitter? Twitter Privacy and Safety Tips for Parents, By Andy O’Donnell, Guide

Explained: What is WebWise (an Irish website, but still very applicable information)

Social cruelty on & the whack-a-mole tendency,



What is Omegle? Is Omegle okay for kids? BY JEAN – FEBRUARY 20, 2013 From Be Web Smart – For the Analog Parent in a Digital World

General Information for Parents:

Be Web Smart is a web site offering articles, tips, guidance and reviews for parents who want to keep their families safe and productive online.

Welcome to, the website dedicated to keeping kids safe in a wired world.


FBI guide to internet safety– Parry Aftab

 Facebook  Still  Reigns  Supreme  With  Teens,  But  Social   Media  Interest  Dwindling

JORDAN CROOK , Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

How I Spy on my Kids Online

Huffington Post by ANN BRENOFF , 3/22/13

PC Magazine parental control program list

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