Issues of Internet/Technological Safety for Children/Teens
The internet provides children and teens with access to a larger world and great resources like research, news, communication, and entertainment. However, as children increase their internet use, they are often willing to trust and meet strangers, while also keeping their internet activities away from the eyes of their parents. It is important for parents and children to be educated about the risks the internet presents.
Children and teenagers are increasingly able to connect to the world through technological devices like computers, cell phones, and video game consoles. Furthermore, the proliferation of social media like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and email—in addition to the communication options available to cell phone users—has allowed young people to connect with each other in ways that were not previously possible and that can allow much of their interactions to take place beyond the scope of parental supervision. Such unmonitored interaction can possibly pose a threat to both the physical and legal safety of children and their parents alike. Listed here are some problems that may arise when a child’s technological interactions are not monitored.
Cyberbullying is exactly what it sounds like: bullying that takes place online or through other forms of technological communication. In much the same way that a child may be bullied in person when parents or other authority figures are not present, unsupervised interaction that occurs online or through other technological avenues may lead to instances of bullying. It is important for parents to monitor their children’s technological interactions to prevent cyberbullying.
Sexting is the sharing of nude or otherwise sexually explicit photographs via cellular text message, applications, or online file sharing, and it poses a multilayered danger to children and their parents. When minors engage in the practice of sexting, they are not only risking damage to their reputation and psychological well-being, but also risking legal consequences for all involved on the basis of sexual exploitation and child pornography laws. Properly monitoring and restricting a minor’s cell phone and internet access can prevent him or her from sexting.
Other Nevada State Laws that Cover Bullying