Tips for parents, teens when it comes to phone safety

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A new survey from Cox Mobile found nearly one in three parents said their children have been contacted by a stranger on their phone, and one in four said the stranger referenced their child’s location.

73% of parents say their kids are very savvy at hiding content on their phones.

“We want their location hidden and protected. That’s not the information we want out there,” Common Sense Media Editor-In-Chief, Jill Murphy said.

She added parents need to be aware of what they are doing. One of the biggest blind spots with parents is when it comes to location settings. You can learn more about how to hide that information by going to Coxmobilesafety.com and Commonsensemedia.org.

Talking with your kids early and often establishes a line of open communication, so when the tricky stuff comes up later, it doesn’t seem so invasive.

The survey also revealed the top concern of parents is cyberbullying.
Pay attention to the way your kids are responding online; bullies are not always anonymous. You want to block that bully, even if it is a friend to stop the negative aggressive behavior.

She said it’s also very important to take this next step.
“Screenshot that evidence, we want them prepared, we never know how these things are going to escalate. Important for parents to engage and track how it’s going, ” she added.

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