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Balancing Tech Skills with Life Skills With Lisa Shaw, SpectorSoft

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Join Dave and Bill as they talk about and learn, Balancing Tech Skills with Life Skills With Lisa Shaw, of SpectorSoft

 

Lisa Shaw of SpectorSoft, the lifeline for thousands of parents in protecting their kids from the growing risk of cyberbullying and online dangers.

 

Shaw has been in the industry for 11 years.

 

She can detail how balancing tech skills with life skills starts with increased parental involvement, in minimizing these online threats. (Which is not an easy thing: As computers, smartphones, or iPads open the gates to a new universe of information, they also expose children to countless online threats, such as encounter illicit material, strangers or cyberbullying.

 

New tips for parents to create a safer online experience include:

 

1 – Keep communication open. Discuss cyberbullying with them and make it understood they can come to you to discuss anything. Many times children are afraid that they’ll lose privileges or experience other negative repercussions, if they do.

 

2 – Educate them what to do should it happen to them. Stress that they should ignore the bully and they must let an adult know.

 

3 – Set rules about the amount of time they can use the computer and Internet and use filters, timers and other safety measures to keep their exposure minimized.

 

4 – Know the danger signs. Many children may be prone to depression or low self-esteem, and are prime targets for cyberbullying. Keep an eye out for signs of withdrawal, such as cutting off their friends and losing interest in daily activities. Also watch for changes in the time they spend online and how it affects them.

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