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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.

 

Resources

Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Website: 

https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/icac-task-force-home

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Website:

https://dpi.wi.gov/internet-safety

Internet Safety 101 Website:

https://internetsafety101.org/

Local Resource: Officer Chad Mielke 920-746-5966