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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

First Phone: A Child's Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette

First Phone: A Child's Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette Paperback – July 26, 2022  

Cellphones have become a fact of life, with children as young as eight (yes, eight!) getting their very own “devices.” Such boundless access means our kids are in nearly constant contact with technology that was designed specifically for adults. And they’re doing so without any type of road map. Enter First Phone: the essential book that apprehensive parents can confidently hand to their kids to read as they begin their journey into the digital world.

In First Phone, Catherine Pearlman—licensed clinical social worker and parenting expert—speaks directly to eight- to twelve-year-old children about digital safety in a manner that is playful, engaging, and age-appropriate. With insights and strategies supported by the latest research, First Phone offers:

  •  guidance on privacy, boundaries, social media, and even sexting (yes, young children need to learn about sexting before it happens!) 

  •  best digital hygiene and self-care practices, including when to put the darn phone down, when to turn off notifications, and where to charge

  •  how to be a kind and compassionate upstander in a digital world

An essential companion when your child receives their first phone, this book provides kids the tools and information they need while giving their parents peace of mind.  

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams

@ConnectSafely guide to Teen Sextortion is out. Numbers are much higher than I would have expected and impact can be devastating. Important reading for #Parents. 

What is sextortion?

Sextortion is a serious crime where someone threatens to distribute nude or compromising images for gain, usually financial or sexual (i.e., wanting more images or contact). Sextortion cases for financial reasons targeting teens, according to former Internet Crimes Against Children Commander Joe Laramie, are on the rise and are often perpetrated by organized crime operating outside the country.

Read more:

Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams - ConnectSafely

Friday, July 15, 2022

TikTok is soon releasing "Content Levels"

TikTok is soon releasing "Content Levels" which will restrict some types of mature content from being viewed by younger users, and another tool to filter out videos w/ certain keywords or hashtags.

"Today, we're announcing new features and technologies that will help viewers customize their viewing preferences and continue to have a safe and entertaining experience on TikTok."

More ways for our community to enjoy what they love | TikTok Newsroom

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