Chicago Police Detective Charlie Hollendoner will lead a parent-only seminar at 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at Oak Lawn Community High School in the Little Theater. The seminar is intended for parents of elementary and high school students. The presentation will focus on the dangers of social media. No registration is required. OLCHS students will offer babysitting for the evening seminar at no charge.
Parents already know that social media is an essential part of their childrens’ lives. The bygone era of running to the home phone has been replaced by kids using their personal cell phones or other devices to communicate with friends and others.
According to various surveys, about 90% of teens have used some form of social media and 75% have a profile on a social networking site. More than half of all American teens visit social networking sites every day. Social media is a large part of every child’s life and that doesn’t seem to be changing.
There are potential dangers and things that you want your kids and teens to avoid on social media. Social media can be a link to cyberbulling or worse.
One study showed that 9 out of 10 teens post photos of themselves online or use their real names on their profiles; 8 out of 10 reveal their birthdates and interests; and 7 out of 10 post their school name and the town where they live. Those innocent choices make kids easy targets for online predators and others who might want to cause them harm.
These statistics about teens highlight the dangers of social media:
- 17% of teens say they’ve been contacted online by someone they didn’t know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable
- 30% of teens say they’ve received online advertising that was inappropriate for their age
- 39% of teens admitted to lying about their age to gain access to website
If you have a child who uses the internet, it wouldn’t hurt to find out how you can protect your children.