Using Celebrities’ Fails, Wins Online to Teach Teens

By Toni Birdsong


When I first heard the term “Internet Safety” about 12 years ago, despite its serious nature, I thought to myself, “Ugh. Could there be a more booooring topic?” It sounded about as interesting as the manual that came with my new vacuum cleaner.

It took a while, but over time parents—myself included—became more aware and engaged around the endless variety of dangers online and staying ahead of the digital curve.

But if the topic of online safety at first appears boring (even tedious) to parents, can you imagine what kids think when we try to strike up the illustrious safety conversation?

Yup. Snoozeville.

So how do we keep this very critical topic front of mind for our kids who need fresh equipping on a consistent basis?

One great way is using news headlines that matter to kids. By connecting your child’s favorite celebrities, bands, actors and athletes as examples (both good and bad) of how to behave online, you can build momentum and understanding around some very critical topics.

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Don’t lie . . . especially online. Recently pop star Sam Smith tweeted to Nashville, Tennessee fans that he wouldn’t be …read more

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