How To Keep Your Kid Safer Online - Part 2!

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Summary

Mandi continues a crucial conversation about online safety for children with Clay from the Cyber Safety Cop. Their discussion centers on the alarming issue of online grooming and how children, regardless of their family background, are susceptible to manipulation and exploitation. 

 

The conversation dives into the tactics predators use to exploit children’s need for love and acceptance, creating a false sense of trust that can lead to severe consequences. 

 

Clay urges parents to stay vigilant, emphasizing the importance of monitoring their children’s online activities and maintaining open communication.

 

Lessons Learned

Online Grooming Risks: come from the disconnect between online actions and real-life consequences making them susceptible to manipulation

 

Predator Tactics: exploit children’s desire for love and acceptance, manipulating them into believing they are cared for, ultimately aiming to sexualize the relationship and coerce the child into producing explicit material or meeting in person

 

Parental Vigilance: is of utmost importance to monitor their children’s online activities actively to prevent potential harm

 

Parents Bridge The Gap: educate kids about potential risks they face (use Clay’s material on his website CyberSafetyCop.com)

 

Open Communication: with your kids about online safety is crucial. Parents create a safe space for their children to discuss their online experiences and potential concerns

 

Sexting Challenges: need for parents to address this issue as part of the broader conversation about online safety

 

Multiple Layers of Protection: parental controls, online safety apps like Bark, and regular communication is essential for ensuring a child’s safety 

 

Parental Rights: parents have the moral and legal right to monitor and set restrictions on their kid’s devices

Resources

Clay’s website with MANY great practical resources (contracts, checklists, online training) to keep kids safer online is CyberSafetyCopy.com

 

He recommends Bark.us to monitor dangers on your child’s device.(ourpact.com for outside the U.S.)

 

He authored the book “Parenting in the Digital World” and was recognized with the National Anti Bullying Award for his contributions

 

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You can find your podcast host, Mandi, on Instagram @WomenAwareAndPrepared 

 

Her website is WomenAwareAndPrepared.com where you can contact her or sign up for her weekly Tuesday Tip emails (at the bottom of the website) to stay safer and feel more empowered. You’ll receive a downloadable list of Mandi’s favorite 10 things to do to stay safer.

 

Music by Andrea Hamilton Binley at HopefulPop.com.

 

The primary purpose of the Women Aware and Prepared Podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast series does not constitute advice or services. Please use common sense for your own situation.

 

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