Does My Child Need a Smartphone?
A recent article from Inc.com reported that the latest research says that on average, a child gets his or her first smartphone at 10.3 years…
While technology can influence our children’s lives in many positive ways through education, social life and family life, we know there are dangers that come along with this. Cyberbullying, sexting, pornography and abduction are not where the problems start. They start when kids are not aware of their digital footprint and post content that jeopardizes their reputations and safety.
Our approach does not involve stripping the internet away or prompting invasive surveillance. We see how unrealistic these methods are. Rather, we encourage kids to use the web positively by instilling smart habits early on, so that forever-advancing technology doesn’t threaten a child’s school life, future career or emotional health.
Project B3 understands the best way to gain the ears of kids is to have their real-life heroes be the teachers: the “big kids.” We appoint a remarkable group of students who are impassioned to help teach the message of digital responsibility. Alongside our adult coordinators, these students lead children in activities and games to help them be safe, be smart and be kind while using the internet.
Nearly 43% of kids have been cyberbullied.
82% of sex crimes against minors are initiated through social media sites.
61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it at least once.
Nearly 40% of all teenagershave posted or sent sexually suggestive messages.
13% of teens who use social media say they’ve had a social media experience that made them nervous about going to school the next day.
“Working with B3 tonight was an amazing experience! Teaching kids about internet safety is so important. I wish I’d had an opportunity to learn these things when I was younger!”