The new school year has begun – a welcome occasion for many parents to give their children their first smartphone. The handy device brings the Internet into your pocket with all its benefits, but also risks. How can parents protect their children from cyberbullying and contact with criminals? First of all, they should deal with the language of the web. Software provider Pandy Security has compiled a small dictionary of online youth language and useful tips.
The origin of the online language is closely related to texting culture, social networks, games and chats. Before smartphones were common, users typed their mobile messages using multi-tap: each key is assigned three or four letters and requires several taps for each character – an inefficient method that, in conjunction with the character limit of SMS and social media -Media postings that did acronyms so popular.
In fact, abbreviations are a practical invention. But they can also hide threatening messages, such as cyberbullying, a common problem among young people. By doing so, users harass or manipulate others. In addition, criminals such as drug dealers and sex offenders often use the online language of young people to make it easier for them to connect with them. Parents should therefore be familiar with the terms commonly used today. The infographic provides an overview.
Useful tips for parents
Being aware of potentially dangerous online language and the fact that teens can hide their activities can worry parents. Parents can follow these tips to ensure their children are as safe as possible online.
- Devices at a glance: Check your child’s devices, family PC, social media and messenger services randomly.
- Discuss Sexting: Talk to your teens about the dangers of online dirty talk and the potential legal consequences.
- Demonstrate tools and techniques: Don’t assume your kids know everything about technology – teach them the right skills, tools and responsibilities.
- Warn against attacks: The danger of attacks also exists on the Internet. Discuss the emotional and physical dangers of communicating online, whether through instant messaging, phone calls, or sending pictures and other information.
- Set up parental controls: Avoid potential dangers by setting up parental controls for your shared devices. Internet use may be blocked or time-limited.
- Limit screen time: Limiting your smartphone time reduces risk and frees up time for homework, family and a good night’s sleep.
- Address Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is rampant in today’s online world. Discuss how to deal with cyberbullies and how to block or report them.
- Stay up-to-date: Learn the latest online youth language at sites like Urban Dictionary, Wiktionary and Urban Thesaurus. You can also ask your children and community members about terms you don’t know.
If you follow these tips, you can keep an eye on your children’s digital habits and enable them to be safe online.
Technical solutions provide additional security. Did my child get home safely? Does it have access to unwanted content? How can I limit the time on the smartphone? Parents no longer have to worry about these issues with the Panda Dome Family software: it includes real-time GPS location, access to app usage reports, app and game lock, and mobile and app usage restrictions. In addition, the package is complemented by an alarm function based on geographical location, device locking in case of theft or loss, panic button for emergency situations and remote deletion of personal data.
Interested parties can find more information about the Panda Dome Family online at https://www.pandasecurity.com/de/homeusers/dome-family/
About Panda Security
Panda Security is a multinational company with headquarters in Spain, specialized in the development of IT security solutions. Initially focused on antivirus software, the company has since expanded its business to include advanced cyber security services. With around 600 employees, Panda Security operates in over 180 countries worldwide. Panda Security has been a wholly owned subsidiary of WatchGuard since 2021.
Interested parties can find further information at https://www.pandasecurity.com/de/
Oliver Schrott Communication GmbH
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