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Technology Information & Resources

Tips securing digital devices:

  • Discuss the dangers of the internet and what they could encounter.
  • Provide rules and expectations for your child when giving them an electronic devices.
  • Explore security restrictions on the mobile device, set limitations and activate parental controls.
  • Obtain passwords for all electronic devices that your children might have.
  • Set time limits for usage and bedtime restrictions, such as placing all devices in a common area.
  • Install filtering software on your wireless router or mobile devices to monitor actions.

 

Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep up to date on all of the apps your child might be using on their phone. Keep in mind, just because you don’t see it on the phone doesn’t mean your child isn’t using a particular app. Many times children install and delete apps to avoid detection by parents. Some of the more popular ones among children are:

 

Snapchat: A popular app that users can send photos and videos that disappear once seen. Snapchat “stories” allow content to remain visible for 24 hours, and users can see your location. Parents should be aware of the “My Eyes Only” area of Snapchat. Kids can place images they do not want their parents to be aware of here, and requires a pass code to access.

 

Instagram:  72% of teens use Instagram because this is where their friends are at.

 

Omegle: A video chat application that “promotes chatting anonymously to strangers.” This platform is a common place for child predators.

 

Whisper: An anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location, so people can meet up.

 

TextNow: Allows your child to text and call users when WiFi is available.

 

LiveMe: This live-streaming video app “uses geolocation to share videos” so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location.

 

ASK.FM: This app is known for “cyber bullying.” It encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions…and get an answer.

 

Interact Cyber Safety


Cyberbullying Prevention and Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Website:
https://dpi.wi.gov/internet-safety/cyberbullying

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Stop Bullying Initiative
https://www.stopbullying.gov

National Crime Prevention Council – for Parents
https://www.ncpc.org/resources/cyberbullying/

National Crime Prevention Council – for Teens
https://www.ncpc.org/resources/cyberbullying/cyberbullying-faq-for-teens/


Other Internet Safety Resources

Appropriate Media by Age(websites, movies, apps, video/online games, etc.)
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Website: 
https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/icac-task-force-home

Wisconsin Protect Kids Online Resource and Materials
https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/resources-materials

Wisconsin Protect Kids Online Podcasts
https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/protect-kids-online-pko-podcast

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Website:
https://dpi.wi.gov/internet-safety

NetSmartz®
https://www.missingkids.org/NetSmartz

Local Resource: Officer Chad Mielke 920-746-5966