Kids and Cell Phone Safety. INFORMATION AND PREVENTION. August 2009. Training Objectives. Identify what things parents should consider before buying their child a cell phone. Identify risks associated with cell phone usage. Define Sexting and the risks associated with it.
INFORMATION AND PREVENTION
▪Cell phones have been used to call in bomb threats to schools. In many communities, these calls can not be traced by public safety officials.
▪Student use of cell phones could actually detonate a real bomb, if there was one on campus.
▪Students using cell phones can impede public safety response by accelerating parental response to an emergency scene. A large number of parents may be showing up, when officials are trying to evacuate students to another site.
(Wilson, Jacque. What to know before buying your kid a cell phone. CNN.com, August 11, 2008)
▪Kids should think about the consequences before taking, sending or forwarding a sexual picture of someone underage, even if it is a picture of themselves.
▪Kids should never take images of themselves they wouldn’t want everyone (their family, classmates, teachers, or employers) to see.
▪Anyone who forwards a sexual picture of someone underage is as responsible for the image as the original sender. There could be possible child pornography charges, and the sender could go to jail. They would also have to register as a sex offender.
▪Children and teens should never share their wireless number and personal or identifying information with anyone they do not know well. Likewise, friends’ numbers should not be given out.
▪Photos of children and teens should never be given to anyone they do not know well and do not trust. Sexually provocative pictures or messages should never be sent.
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