Online safety is a huge, and growing, concern for parents and educators these days. I’m always interested in providing great resources that will add value to families and give practical advice that is backed up by good research.
This blog by Ana Bera of safeatlast.co does both. It is worth setting some time aside to go through. (Plus infographics are cool and a great way to see a summary of helpful information.)
I also did a parent workshop a few years ago called “Protecting Purity in Kids” If you are interested in watching that you can find it at HERE.
Thanks to Ana Bera and Safe at Last for giving us permission to re-post this really important information.
The stranger danger scare easily applies to a random creepy person your kid might run into on the street. Most kids know better than to go near them. But what happens when their friend—whom they’ve been opening up to for months, building a solid, trusting emotional relationship—wants to meet in real life? How does a parent deal with classmates who’ve created a group on social media dedicated solely to humiliating, embarrassing, and spreading rumors about their child?
In the following text and infographic, you’ll learn all the most recent information on internet safety for kids, and the real scale of potential threats. We have collected information from reputable sources: comparative studies with over 100,000 participants, 2018’s Parental Control reports, government websites, Child Protective Services, and cybersecurity companies. In addition, we examined all aspects of children’s online behavior, such as smartphone ownership rates, time spent online, time spent on social networks, and positive, as well as negative, online experiences.
We took notice of the demographics: data on kids’, tweens’, and teens’ age, gender, and country, including the US, China, Brazil, and Italy. You’ll see detailed descriptions of kids’ exposure to the most common online threats like cyberbullying, scams, adult content, and online predators. We also listed just how aware both kids and parents are of issues like online safety for kids, cyberbullying, and children’s overall online presence. Do kids turn to their parents when they need help with online harassment? Do parents talk to their kids about how to stay safe online? Do they use parental control software? To what degree?
Top Child Safety Statistics To Takeaway
- 70% of kids encounter sexual or violent content online while doing homework research
- 17% of tweens (age 8-12) received an online message with photos or words that made them feel uncomfortable, only 7% of parents were aware of this
- 65% of 8-14 year-olds have been involved in a cyberbullying incident
- 36% of girls and 31% of boys have been bullied online
- 16% of high school students have considered suicide because of cyberbullying
- 75% of children would share personal information online in exchange for goods and services
We’ll conclude with some tips on staying safe on the internet, for both parents and their offspring. We also included the tools and resources that can help you monitor and optimize your kids’ online behavior. We want to help them make the most of the internet, without falling victim to its many pitfalls.
For a lot more information including: Sexting, Sextortion, and Trust: How Can We Keep Children Safe from Online Predators? Go to
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