Helping Your Middle Schooler Be Safe in a Technological World
Nikki (Lanzo) Gonazalez
How do we approach this, and help navigate this new and always changing world?
- Educate yourself and your children. You need to know and understand what apps are out there and how they work. Educate your children on what happens when they post or send something, and the possible impact from it. Discuss what is safe and not safe online. What is ok, and not ok. Express what is ok to you, might not be to another family.
- Teach your kids how to verify a person’s identity. Help your child understand what “catfishing” is (someone creating a fake identity to manipulate or trick someone into think they are someone they are not). Understanding some people do have intentions to hurt or harm others is important when navigating the technological world. Talk to your kids about friending or following people they don’t know and accepting requests from strangers.
- Help your kids the importance of creating and using passwords and protecting them from others.
- Talk to your kids about spoofing. Hackers may use a link to send them to a different webpage in order to gain personal information or enables the hacker to learn usernames and passwords.
- Talk to your kids about how they respond to others. Help them navigate and not participate in cyber bullying. Maybe your child is a victim of cyber bullying. This might be a time for your child to see a counselor. They may need to process through this and work to build their self-confidence.
- Encourage your child and build them up. Communicate with them and be a part of their world.