While having access to social media and technology is fun for children and gives them a sense of independence, it can also be dangerous if not used responsibly. This page is here to give you answers about cyber bullying, social media usage, and being safe and private online. Don't miss recommended articles from at the bottom of the page. (Note: to access content and links, click on any of the images below. SBFC will remain open in your browser.)
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Please Join us September 20th, 7:00 p.m. at Hermosa Valley School as we kick off our Families Connected Speaker Series, in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, with a talk on Cyber Safety presented by Sergeant Clay Cranford, author of Parenting in the Digital World.
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Produced by South Bay Families Connected, Tech Time offers helpful tips from SBFC blogger and presenter, Leah Niehaus, LCSW,.
A Challenge Success Production, Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age, features keynote speaker Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair.
Social Media is Hurting Our Children's Mental Health, a blog from our September Families Connected presenter Sergeant Clay Cranford.
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Navigating the Web and Social Media Safely
There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many potential dangers and things that you want your kids and teens to avoid. They don't always make the smartest choices when they post something to a site like Facebook or YouTube, and sometimes this can lead to problems. (Kids Health)
The Facts About Online Predators Every Parent Should Know
Arm yourself with the facts so that you can help your kids be smart, cautious, and savvy (Common Sense Media)
17 Popular Apps & Websites
Social media apps that let teens do it all -- text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos -- often fly under parents' radars. (Common Sense Media)
A Parents' Guide to Snapchat
Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting
Share with your teen: Common Sense Media's Sexting Handbook
A Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying
Click on the links below for more anti-bullying information on SBFC
Have Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation? (The Atlantic)
Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting (Common Sense Media)
A Reconsideration of Children's Screen Times (NY Times)