How much time is to much spent online?
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According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, almost 25% of all teens between 14 to 17 years old had smartphones in 2012. Those numbers have surely increased since then.
Many parents have no idea just how dangerous smartphones can be to the safety of their teens. They use them to “check-in” all over town, letting strangers know where they are at any given time. Oftentimes, they will text and drive, taking chances with their lives and others on the road.
And, these dangers are just the tip of the iceberg. So, before you allow your child to have a smartphone, you need to establish some important ground rules first.
Foursquare and Facebook check-ins may seem cool. But, for teens, they can be ways for predators to keep tabs on your kids’ locations. Yes, it may be reasonable for your child to want you, their other family and friends to know they’re at a local hangout, basketball game or concert. But, is this really information you want strangers knowing too?
It’s important that your child’s Facebook privacy settings restrict who’s allowed to see this information. This helps protect them from stalkers and predators. However, when it comes foursquare and similar apps, they’re often Twitter co-mingled. That means that just about anyone “following” the can discover their whereabouts....