The reality is your child will come across pornography on the internet. It's just there. Even if you don’t go looking for it, it finds you. Google don' bother hiding it anymore. Kids are seeing Adult content (porn) younger and younger these days. Parental controls, filters will reduce the chances of your child stumbling across porn however teens usually find a way to bypass these protections.
Children can be confused by porn exposure. When they encounter it they may want to watch more of it out of curiosity or to learn something from it. Oftentimes they simply won't understand it. It can be traumatic and can make them anxious. If you can talk about the content with them.
The internet is a learned habit, so let's take a positive approach to mistakes or even deliberate missteps, a chance to learn from mistakes building better habits for the future. Explain there are some things for adults only, that if they ever see anything on the internet that bothers them, they should tell you. Tell younger kids that if they ever see pictures of a naked person, they ought to tell you.
Talk to your child about how to react if they see porn or any online content they are not comfortable with. For example; Turning off the screen. Closing the laptop. Turning over the tablet or phone. Parental control apps are very good at blocking inappropriate content.
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The internet is a learned habit, so let's take a positive approach to mistakes or even deliberate missteps, a chance to learn from mistakes, building better habits for the future. We need to explain there are some things for adults only online. If your younger kids see pictures of a naked person, make sure they tell you.
Talk to your child about how to react if they see porn or any online content they don't like.
Parental control apps are very good at blocking inappropriate content.
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Help your kids to understand that they need to be more critical of things they come across online to develop healthy attitudes and relationships. It is all about trust and guidance, not instructions.
It is time to talk about consent, trust, and respect. Porn gives a misleading message on the need for consent in intimate relationships.
Child experts say teenagers are confused about the messaging from adult content (porn). They don't understand how different it is from the average real-life relationship.
Talking about porn with teenagers may lead to questions about sex and relationships. It is ok to say, 'I’ll think about that and talk to you about this later. Talk about this topic for a while and not try to cover everything in one go.
Facebook has done a lot of research around this. Facebook makes it very clear they say that it is usually a close friend or a current or former partner who distributes naked images online. Sometimes in error, usually in anger, so-called revenge porn. All of this is illegal and is a serious offence, often criminal. Facebook boss Zuckerberg has been clear on this. Kids need to know it is friends, not enemies, who are the ones sharing these photographs. Friends, not followers. He says people with 1000s of followers they don't know will get bullied.
It is important to say that sexting is not a normal part of teenage life. It is an activity in which most teenagers do not take part. Sexting rarely leads to harm, especially when deleted. However, as underage sexting is illegal, it is something that needs to be addressed.
There are many cases where sexting has gone wrong, and they have misused the content shared in confidence. When this happens, there can be serious, negative consequences for the well-being of all involved.
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These very young teenagers (13,14) accidentally filmed themselves having sex which she forgot to delete from her phone. Rule No.1 delete everything.
Two days later, her phone was on the family kitchen table, when her older 17-years-old brother picked up the phone as teenagers do to see if he could get one over on his little sister. Naturally, he wanted to tease her about whatever silly tittle-tattle or gossip he could find. Only he got way more than he bargained for when he saw the sex video. What happened next, he still doesn't understand and says he never will. In a state of shock, which many say is normal, he shared the video, so the whole school, parents and teachers knew within minutes.
Remember 90% of all illicit materials are shared by friends or family
Like most teenagers he had no privacy switched on. Seconds later he realised what he had done, which is the second his mother came downstairs also in a state of shock, screaming “what the hell have you done” at him?
What ensued, was a disaster for everyone, the school had no plan for dealing with such an incident, and the families fell out over it. The two kids were brutally trolled as a result. They stayed home for weeks which did not help matters. The boy aged 13 was completely unable to deal with it, went into a skyrocketing downturn, costing his mother her job in the process of trying to save him. The sexual appetite of a man, the coping mechanism of a child. Buy e-Book 'How to protect your kids online
He moved to another school outside the area in September, as he couldn't face going back to his old school. Sadly the boys in his old school, couldn't help themselves and sought him out using the Snap maps feature in Snapchat. When they found his new school, using a fake account they sent the video to kids in the new school, tagging it 'Paedo'. Not a helpful start to his new school. The trouble with online bullying is how little courage it takes especially when done anonymously.
She made it back into school two months later in May, with the active support of the school, and recovered her composure enough to make it
through to summer. She stayed off her phone for 2-3 months a discipline that took a lot out of her. Luckily, she had some great friends, as two of her best mates started pushing back on the trollers hard, which was incredibly brave of them. By September, the start of the new year, through her friends hitting back fighting her corner, she was able to go back to school. Sadly, some of the trollers were parents,
Snap Maps is a very controversial feature in Snapchat, which allows snappers to locate friends in a specific location. Uses can select Ghost mode which allows them to see who is around a particular area, like a football match, or an out of town shopping centre. However, they can't see you, as you have selected stealth mode using Ghost mode. Experts say this promotes over-confidence in teenagers and is for a fact a cause of much online bullying.
Snapchat is a 13+ App like most Apps. It allows users to create fake user accounts. Famed first of all for its disappearing messages. 30 seconds after opening a snap (the message), it deletes. Parents, teachers, everyone hates this but Tweens and Teens that use it, love it.
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