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Internet Safety Month: Teach Kids to Be Safety-Savvy

Sunday, June 09, 2019

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With kids so plugged in, it’s more important than ever for parents to teach their children how to be safety savvy on the internet. June is National Internet Safety Month, and NewBridge Services urges families to learn and talk about online risks.

Consider that the average age of kids getting mobile phones is 10. In the 8 and younger set, 42 percent of children have their own tablets and spend an average of 48 minutes a day on mobile devices, according to a 2017 Common Sense Media study.

Ninety-five percent of teenagers have a smartphone or access to one, and 45 percent report being online almost constantly, a 2018 Pew Research Center survey found. 

NewBridge Services offers these useful internet safety tips:

  • Establish house rules about the use of devices and make sure your kids understand them. Then enforce them.
  • Take advantage of parental controls on devices to prevent your child from reaching inappropriate websites.
  • Talk regularly with your kids about how important it is NOT to share personal information online, and to consider others’ privacy before sharing photos and videos.
  • Know what online games your children are using to ensure they are age-appropriate.
  • Have your children use child-friendly search engines that screen results.
  • Limit how much time your child can spend on computers, tablets and cell phones.
  • Remind your kids that social media posts exist for all time so they need to be prudent about what they share.
  • Keep bedrooms device-free. 
  • Talk to your kids about cyberbullying, so they are neither victims nor perpetrators.
  • Kids learn from their parents: don’t use your cell phone while driving.

NewBridge offers affordable programs that teach children resiliency and coping skills to help them steer clear of danger. Teens who lack those tools are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. NewBridge’s programs nurture and support children of all ages and help foster communication between parents and children. They focus on prevention so problems don’t grow as they do.

  • Teaches youth how to handle bullying and cyberbullying, stress and conflicts
  • Helps youngsters build social skills and boost self-esteem
  • Teaches anger management, decision-making and communication skills
  • Counsels youngsters when a crisis strikes 
  • Arranges summer jobs for at-risk teenagers
  • Helps high school dropouts earn diplomas and prepare for the future
  • Uses play therapy to help children work through problems 
  • Teaches parenting skills to improve parent-child relationships

For more information, contact Mary Vineis, NewBridge’s director of Community Response and Education, at 973-686-2228 or



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