Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts
Hooked On Cyber-Life: When Screen Time Replaces Family Time
Digital addiction. I always hear about how parents believe their kids or teens are addicted to the Internet and especially their cell phones. The word addiction is usually related to substance abuse, however within today’s tech world, we are hearing more and more about “Internet addiction.” Internet addiction can include a wide variety of behaviors […]Read full story
Being a Social Media Role Model and Mentor
I often talk about parents and their part in leading by example, both online and off. Children are very impressionable and will often mimic their parents’ habits—good and bad. Since online behavior has real world effects, parents must focus on demonstrating respectful digital citizenship to their children. Parents used to just puzzle over their teens’ […]Read full story
There Is No Rewind Button on the Internet: Pause to Think Before You Post
What you share is as important as how you share it. Over sharing is an area that both kids and adults can be guilty of. It is important to understand what is appropriate and what crosses the line, digitally speaking. A good challenge that is often heard is the Grandma Rule: “If it is something […]Read full story
Making the World-Wide-Web Your Friend
Building a positive online reputation (digital footprint) should be a requirement of owning a computer. Every keystroke counts. It is as simple as that. There will come a time when just about everything we do in life is recorded and we won’t have to go any further than our screen (whether it is a tablet, […]Read full story
Smile, You Are On the World-Wide-Web
Yes, within seconds your life can go viral. A simple click of a mouse or tap of a keypad and your digital world is soaring through cyberspace. The Internet is one of the greatest educational tools yet at the same time we can also say it is not always accurate. Internet fact verses Internet fiction—Yes, […]Read full story
Is Your Child Trying to Tell You Something?
Children don’t usually tell us how they are feeling in a direct way especially about their worries. Instead, they say things out of context, give clues, and as they get older, test the waters to see how a topic might be received. This means we have to listen extra carefully and inquire, even when the […]Read full story
Seizing Teachable Moments to Reinforce Body Safety
Parents often ask me how to talk with children about sexual abuse prevention without scaring them. I recommend teaching kids prevention through body safety. Children provide us with teachable moments each and every day for reinforcing body-safety concepts in an age-appropriate, non-threatening way. Just think about all the questions kids ask from “How does the […]Read full story
How Is Your Child’s School Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse?
While summer is in full swing, children will be starting or returning to school in no time. If you have not had a chance to screen your child’s school, preschool, daycare, or activity program for child sexual abuse prevention, there’s no time like the present. We recommend inviting both the school director and teachers onto […]Read full story
Empowering Your Child to Say “No!”
It is a parent’s responsibility to keep children safe by safe screening caregivers, but it is also useful to teach children how to deal with difficult situations should someone try to break a body-safety rule. If Somebody Tries to Touch Your Private Parts, Say “No” or “Stop It.” While it’s important to teach children to […]Read full story
Do Your Children Have Body-Safety Rules?
We teach children numerous rules for being safe, from blowing on hot soup and using the cross walk to wearing a seat belt and riding with a helmet. But what about personal body safety around touch, private parts, and boundaries? It turns out that children who are knowledgeable about body-safety are not only more confident, […]Read full story