The 4NetSafety site, www.4NetSafety.com, features the latest Internet-safety information from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the Family Online Safety Institute. These organizations– like Sprint – are committed to doing the right thing by young people so that they may continue to work, learn and play online in safety. When visiting www.4NetSafety.com you will find tips and tools related to many online-safety topics, such as cyberbullying, gaming, online predators, privacy, safer use of smartphones, sexting, social networking and Web cams.
Sprint and the BGCA launched a campaign last month aimed to raise Internet safety awareness among parents. To test their cyber smarts, BGCA and Sprint are inviting parents to take the Cyber Survivor Challenge on CyberSafeFutures.org. The interactive quiz assesses parents’ cyber savviness and gives tips on key Internet safety issues when it comes to their children. Cyber Survivor videos focus on relevant issues like cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy and mobile safety. The site provides tools and resources to educate parents on current trends and how to have an open dialog with their children when it comes to staying safe online.
Did you know that cyberbullying is a really serious issue?
According to McAfee’s 2013 Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids study, children are witnessing bullying online in great numbers and parents are not fully aware of the issues. Additionally, children are continuing to find ways to use technology to cheat, while only half of the parents of cheating kids believed they had done so.
· Social media isn’t all fun and games – 89% of all youth (ages 10-23) surveyed say they witnessed mean behavior on Facebook and 40% on Twitter.
· Kids don’t outgrow bullying– 17% of children ages 10-12 say they have witnessed mean behavior directed at a classmate or friend online, but that number jumps to 34% for young adults ages 18-23.
· Parents don’t know the full extent of the problem – Only 9% of parents believe their child or children have witnessed cruel behavior online; even worse, only 6% think that their son or daughter has been a target of this cyber bullying, when in reality 13% of youth report they have been targeted online.
· Peer pressure spreads to the Internet – 4% of youth said they’ve been pressured into bullying someone online.
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