Here’s a fun fact to make you think: every teenager under the age of 16 was born after the year 2000.
They were born years after Google was founded; they were in diapers when Facebook was still courting college freshmen; and most of them shared their first Instagram post before they were out of junior high school.
Bet that makes you feel old, right?
Teens these days have grown up with the internet and social media all around them. They’ve never known what it’s like to not be connected.
While it’s awesome that our youth is so comfortable with technology, there’s a sort of naive ignorance that comes along with pre-established technology.
When new technology comes out, we’re all curious and skeptical about it; we need to find out how it works. However, when you grow up with technology that’s already established, you don’t tend to question it; you take it for granted and go with the flow.
For example, you probably never questioned why your old teachers’ photocopies in school always had purple ink; you just took your quiz and waited excitedly for recess.
But this is exactly what’s so troubling for teens online: they have no idea how compromised their online privacy can become with just a few easy-to-avoid missteps.
That’s why today we’re going to discuss everything your teen needs to know to protect their online privacy—and we’ll even share our favorite tips for easy communication so you can start the discussion off on the right foot. READ MORE “How to Talk to Your Teen About Internet Privacy (Without Being Lame or Ignored)”