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I did nothing earth shattering with my girls to earn this badge, it was an open discussion forum. Typically my girls do not like discussions of any kind. However, I was pleasantly surprised the girls had a lot of input and helped to guide the topics. My biggest challenge was keeping them focused and limiting the endless stories. We covered several key components:
Ownership of electronical devices - all devices are owned by parents until the age of 18 and parents have the right to limit or deny their use
Example of texts that can prove to be dangerous
How texts and internet relationships can be beneficial
New apps that deceive parents - downloading free text apps and hiding conversations
Snapchat - new app much like Instagram or Facebook, but deletes comments and photos after 5 seconds giving the false perception that the conversations or photos cannot be saved. Kids have learned how to save the texts and photos.
Accidental texts (or as the girls call it: butt texting) and auto-correct spelling issues
Do 's and Don't of blogging
Impersonation (create a Dream Instagram profile) - giving girls a quick realization that you can be anyone on the internet, you should always be true to yourself and NEVER create false profiles
Cyber-bullying - It only takes 2 girls to stand up for a victim in a bullying situation to END the negative behavior!
Following our conversation I had the girls make their own list of the Top 10 things to remember about the internet and safety. We compiled a list from all the girls and it was read on the morning announcements at their school.
Finally, they each signed the GS Internet Safety Pledge and a copy was given to each parent.
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