We Hated to Include This ...
It's easy to question why this topic is included here. "Are they crazy?" But, since going live, I've heard from a few moms grateful for the inclusion of STEM X-X-X. They said, "I'm afraid to even search for that kind of information at home. With it included in your site, I don't have to search." And one suggested we add a little info about trafficking with links to information about it.
What we know for sure is this: technology has made the exploitation of teenagers easier and easier. Both males AND females are targets today. And many studies show the average teenager feels nothing bad will happen to them online.
Global information is available as well, if you are interested in statistics.
Billions and billions of dollars are made each year, and it's up to parents to remind their kids to be safe online.
Digital Skills Means Safety First
Search engines track your online searches and this information can be accessed by others using the same computer. Here are instructions at Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Your browser saves a list of all the websites you have visited while on the internet, and should be cleared after every session, especially if you’ve visited sites you wish to keep private.
When posting on social MEDIA sites, double check privacy settings and remove any geographical check-in points such as Four Square, or automatic GPS tags on photographs or photograph-based websites. Learn more about safety and privacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When posting on social networking sites, be cautious not to provide unnecessary information regarding your daily activities or close friends and family.
You can always create a new email account if you think you might be in trouble.