The Internet provides countless opportunities to make and maintain friends on social networking sites, learn about endless topics, and explore new territory. However, while the internet can give young people amazing access to elephant habitats in Africa and how to help conservation efforts, the internet is also by teens to promote unhealthy behaviors.
Parents should understand the potential pitfalls of connected technology in order to appropriately help their children steer clear of them. CyberHood Watch identifies these ten dangerous behaviors promoted by teens on the Internet:
Part of raising resilient digital citizens is helping kids and teens identify reliable information online and recognize that some sites host information that is false or dangerous. In addition to installing internet-tracking & filtering software, discuss with your children the sites they visit. Promote the importance of responsible internet surfing.
1 Ballard, Dave & Wardell, Bill. Top Ten Dangerous Behaviors Promoted by Teens Online. The Cyberhood Watch. Retrieved from http://thecyberhoodwatch.com/CHW/Risky-and-Dangerous-Behaviors.pdf