The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s sister company Cox Communications hosted its fifth anniversary TeenSummit yesterday examining online trends with a panel of teens. The event was hosted by John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted” and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
I was surprised to learn that Walsh’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a national clearing house that examines cybercrimes and Internet child pornography for the government.
The Cox TeenSummit Fifth Anniversary discussion focused on: What do your online posts and pictures really say about you? You can watch the entire summit online, but you can also just listen to it while you work on other stuff. (The first three minutes are introduction and then jump ahead to 19 minutes for John Walsh to begin the conversation.)
Cox also conducts surveys about teen online use and here were a few stats:
85 percent of teens now have mobile phones.
85 percent now have a social network profile.
About 30 percent are not concerned and do not think there will be consequences for what they post online.
About 50 percent don’t really screen who looks at their profile – meaning they have never met the people who are looking at their posts.
John Walsh said for him the highlight of the survey is that there are more parents are involved with their children’s communications online.
There’s a lot of good info in this hour and forty-minute discussion. I listened while I was working on other things. So check it out and maybe even share it with your teen or preteen.
Editor’s Update: I had some more time this afternoon to listen to more of the program. Here are some big points that I gleaned:
Cell phones not bad – good for safety. Need to have 911 and parents numbers on speed dial
Technology restriction on the cell phones where they can’t get themselves into trouble on them. Use them for good and not evil.
Internet safety should be offered by school curriculum – also helps reduces the school’s liability of bad things happening at the school. Should integrate – peer pressure and bulling taught at school but aren’t integrating the technology aspect of it.
Stealth bullies on the Internet. Just like we know people can be so mean on the blog that’s how the teens are to each other online. We know not to take the bait (sometimes) and to blow it off but they haven’t learned that yet.
Life management skills – financial aid taught at school, never had internet and cell phone safety.
(I also like the John Walsh explains that he is a pain to his son’s school.)
National PTA Facebook alliance to teach internet safety
Lots on child pornography online and identity theft around 54 minutes in – Rewarding kids with free downloads for giving up mommy’s id and credit card numbers.
Talking about a sting for pedophilia – just disgusting – 1 hour in to the talk — recently arrested a Census Taker who was getting into homes under that rouse to groom children.
Kids are giving up way too much info about schools, where you live, very specific stuff about their lives online. (One hour, six-minutes in)
80,000 convicted sex offenders removed from MySpace during its high time. John Walsh wants Facebook to use same technology to remove the sex offenders. (One hour, 10 minutes)