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Cyber Safe Futures

Talking to your kids about online safety is a great first step.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) places a primary focus on child safety and is committed to ensuring the safe futures of youth, including providing tips and tools to safely navigate an ever-expanding online world. In partnership with Sprint, BGCA is educating young people and the adults that care for them on important media safety issues and arming parents and guardians with resources needed to have an open dialogue on tough safety topics. It is our goal for every young person to have a cyber safe future.

Take our Cyber Survivor Challenge to find out!

  • Are you friends with your child on Facebook and other social networks?
    Yes No
    Great Work! You are being proactive to see what your child is posting on social networks and how he is engaging with other people. Friending your child on social networking sites allows you to check what he’s posting.
  • How often do you have conversations with your child on important cyber safety topics?
    I mentioned it once. Regularly Never
    There is no magic number, but make sure you are having regular conversations with your child. Once is not enough! Way to go! There is no magic number, but make sure you are having regular conversations with your child. Make sure your child stays cyber safe! Have regular conversations with them!
  • Have you ever Googled your child's name?
    Yes No
    Way to be cyber smart! Google allows for anyone to find pictures and social networking sites for your child. Make sure you know what’s out there and set privacy settings accordingly! Start googling! Google allows for anyone to find pictures and social networking sites for your child. Make sure you know what’s out there and set privacy settings accordingly!
  • How often do you check your child's phone?
    Frequently Sometimes Never
    You’re well on your way to being a Cyber Survivor! The average teen sends more than 1,000 texts a month and they are not always friendly or appropriate. Establish with your child that you will periodically check his phone. That’s a good start! The average teen sends more than 1,000 texts a month and they are not always friendly or appropriate. Establish with your child that you will periodically check his phone. The average teen sends more than 1,000 texts a month and they are not always friendly or appropriate. Establish with your child that you will periodically check his phone.
  • On Facebook, my child’s audience privacy setting is set to
    Public Friends/Friends (+) Custom Not sure
    Change this immediately! Public means anyone on the Internet can see your child’s profile, information and pictures. Be very careful with this option. Friends plus allows your friends and friends of those tagged in a post to see information and photos. You don’t have total control over who is seeing information with this option. Good option! This allows you to specify who is able to view content you share. You can choose to share with networks, friends and friend lists. Oh no! It’s important to check your child’s privacy settings to make sure it’s not available to anyone on the Internet or even people they may not know.
  • At what age did you let your child on social networking sites?
    Under 10 11-12 Over 13 My child isn't on social sites
    Did you know it’s against the law for kids under the age of 13 to be on Facebook? Make sure your child is cyber safe! Did you know it’s against the law for kids under the age of 13 to be on Facebook? Make sure your child is cyber safe! Now that’s cyber smart! The legal age for Facebook is 13. Just remember, the legal age for Facebook is 13, so make sure you’re not letting your child on before then.
  • Do you feel you know enough about social media and the online world to keep up with your child’s cyber behavior?
    Yes No Not sure
    That’s great! Use our resources at CyberSafeFutures.org to make sure you’re staying up-to-date with the latest information! Don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! Use our resources at CyberSafeFutures.org to make sure you’re staying up-to-date with the latest information! Don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! Use our resources at CyberSafeFutures.org to make sure you’re staying up-to-date with the latest information!
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