• Teach your child that oversharing personal information can lead to manipulation, mistreatment, and exploitation.

  • Explain to your child that its not safe to become online friends with adults who you don’t know in real life.

  • Don’t allow your child or their friends to have cell phones and other technological devices in the bathroom, bedroom or other private areas of your home.

  • Keep computers and laptops in a common area in the house that can be seen from a variety of angles so you can discretely monitor them.

  • Cover built-in web cameras to avoid being watched or spied on from traffickers and exploiters.There is technology available to do this, and newer laptops come with a shutter.

  • Don’t keep cell phones in bedrooms at night. Most online luring and grooming occurs when young people are in the privacy of their own bedroom, or in the bathroom.

  • Have a common area for charging all household cell phones at nighttime, for example the kitchen counter.

  • Keep a record of your child’s passwords and user names for social media sites and email accounts. Just be aware that your child can open new accounts under different names with different passwords.

  • Do regular privacy and security setting checks on child’s cell phone and social media outlets. If there is reason to be concerned, there are a few things you can try:

    • Enable parental controls (for TikTok this feature is called Family Safety Mode for example)

    • Install apps that monitor devices (SelfieStop Parental Control, sending and uploading of nude pics and videos, MSpy allows parents to monitor text messages, calls, current GPS location, Snapchat, WhatsApp and much more)

    • Use homesharing features (such as Apple Homesharing which saves photos to a single location accessible by all)


These are just a few examples.  There are many more.  Do some research and choose what works best for you and your family.

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