It’s your responsibility to make sure your children use the internet safely and responsibly. Nobody expects you to understand the complexities of their internet use, but you are more likely to see potential dangers.
Young people get tricked online and forced to do things they don’t want to do. They can also get bullied using technology; do you have the sort of relationship where they will come to you with a problem? We run parent session at coffee morning or afternoons, evening sessions and sessions at fetes. The sessions cover a range of issues and are designed to provide information and advice. They are generally run in your child's school and we cover issues relevant to their age. If you see a session advertised we recommend you come along and don’t forget to tell your friends. You can view the presentation below:
Wondering what I was talking about on the intro page?
Well wonder no more. Young people as I sure you are aware use acronyms. There are thousands of them and they can differ between areas. But a few you sould be aware of are listed here:
POS, code 9, cd9 or just 9 = Parent over shoulder, used to make the other person online either clean up the conversation or let them know you will be offline until the POS leaves the room or stops 'hassling' them!
ASL = Age, sex, location often seen at the start of a conversation. When answered you give a lot of information away very early into a conversation.
GNOC = Get naked on cam. Clearly one to cause concern can be a request, or information.
KPC = Keeping parents clueless, thta's why we need to keep up with techology.
WYRN = Whats your real name.
There are many more and a simple search on Google will lead you to many lists.
kEpn parNts 404 iz v EZ 2 do f dey R not ^ 2 D8 w teknoloG. So spNd som tym l%kin @ wot chldrn R doin on9 & TLK 2 yor chldrn bout wot dey do on d internet. yor responsibility iz kEpn dem sAf & iz gnrle comN senS.
Keeping parents clueless is very easy to do if they are not up to date with technology. So spend some time looking at what children are doing online and talk to your children about what they do on the internet. Your responsibility is keeping them safe and is generally common sense.