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Children and teens get a lot of benefit from being online, but they can also be targets of harassment and, though rare, even exploitation and crime, in this as in any other environment.
Young people aren’t just consuming content, they’re creating it, which means they have an even further responsibility to respect themselves, those they might mention or depict and those impacted by what they post.
A “one-size-fits-all” approach to prevention does not work.
And that’s something that only parents and caregivers — not advice givers — can know about the children in their care.
With mobile technology, that advice is impractical so it’s more important than ever to teach children to think critically about how they are using the technology whether they’re home or in-school or away from adult supervision.
We can’t watch over our children 24/7, but we can empower them to protect and respect themselves and support their peers.
And yes, the name is dated, but think back to the early 90’s when people really were talking about the “Information Super Highway.” NCMEC retired its booklet in 2005 and the views expressed here are my own and not those of the NCMEC.