Protecting Children Online, Digital Safety Campaign – Fox 10 News | Team Cansler

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Today there is a lot of concern about the impact of social media and our teens using devices 24/7, the decline in interpersonal social skills and all the various harms to children’s mental well-being.

Parents cannot constantly monitor their child, but they can can learn about these issues to better protect their children while using technology.

The Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama, also known as The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, has launched a statewide digital safety prevention campaign.

The site is full of videos and resource guides on online interaction, online care, buying drugs online, online apps, gaming and promoting digital wellbeing. It’s all focused on safety, awareness and prevention.

As technology advances, new forms of crime emerge. Never before has it been easier for abusers to connect with their children, share images of abuse, hide their identities and inspire others to commit more crimes. There are many different studies stating that the average age of first exposure is 8-9 years, sometimes “kids as young as 4 years old” are exposed while playing games on their parents’ devices.

Parents are reminded to make getting involved in their children’s lives a priority. Be careful who they interact with online through games and apps. Familiarize yourself with how apps, games, and DMs (direct messaging) work so you know what to look out for. Ask your child to show you and help you teach it. You will most likely know more than many adults.

“As parents, guardians, allies and educators, we must work every day to ensure young people feel safe enough to come to us when a decision they have made goes wrong. The lack of these conversations doesn’t protect them from harm, it leaves them ill-equipped to know how to deal with an issue when it arises,” said Barbara Fowler, co-founder of Fowler Davis 4 Change.

Alabama Family Headquarters is a collaboration of government agencies and partners that provide resources, services and more to support Alabama families to help raise healthy, happy children. Call Childhelp at 800-422-4453 to report abuse. For internet safety resources, see Family Services of Northern Alabama.

The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) provides helpful support for moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone who wants to nurture a happy, healthy family. Whether you need a listening ear or real resources, PAL’s specialists are here for you! Available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Call, text or use the online chat option. Messages can be left at any time. Phone call. 866-962-3030.

Connect the Alabama app, the Department of Mental Health, is an important tool for helping those seeking help quickly and reliably. The app can be downloaded for iOS from the App Store and for Android devices from Google Play.

NAMI Alabama crisis line 800-273-8255.

National Mental Health Alliance (NAMI) – The Crisis of Youth Mental HealthWe need to listen to our young people. We must commit to constantly learning about what they are going through and we must invest in them. We cannot afford to lose more young people to suicide or let them suffer in silence any longer. Our youth need us – and we need them. Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 MF, 9:00am-9:00pm CST. During a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7 confidential, free crisis advice.

Thorn for parents (Be Your Kid’s Safety Net – Thorn for Parents) gives parents and children more control. They provide discussion guides for conversations with children between the ages of 7 and 17. You can sign up for text notification reminders for conversations. These offer easy, ice-breaker conversation starters on some of the toughest topics in today’s digital world.

NetSmartz is NCMEC’s ​​online safety education program that provides age-appropriate videos and activities to teach children to be safer online with the goal of helping children be more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to prevent victimization, by making safer decisions online and offline.

If you know your child may be or is being exploited online, call NCMEC (National Center on Missing and Exploited Children) 800-THE LOST (800-843-5678) or report them to CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com . NCMEC’s ​​Cyber ​​Tipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for online child exploitation. All tips remain confidential. Available 24/7. You can also email gethelp@ncmec.org.

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