Today is the 20th edition of Safer Internet Day, an international celebration that promotes the responsible and safe use of digital technologies by our youth.
“Together for a better internet” is once again the slogan of this year’s celebration which brings people together to create a better digital space where children and young people can explore and grow.
A 2021 study shows that 8- to 12-year-olds spend about 5.5 hours of screen time each day, with older teenagers raking in up to 8.5 hours of media -- time in which they can be exposed to a variety of harms.
From playing video games to using social media, and even listening to music, the young generation faces many dangers when going online.
In one horrific example, groomers have begun targeting vulnerable kids via Spotify playlists, coercing them into sharing nude content. It may sound unreal, but a recent expose shows how predators keep updating their tactics when targeting children online.
The days when kids would head off to the library for homework are long gone. Today, children are more digitally connected than ever and use technology in everyday life, whether for a school project, playtime, study or connecting with friends.
Help keep your kids and teenagers safe by:
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