My daughter – age 14 – is all about Instagram. It’s her primary source of entertainment: if she’s on her phone, she’s likely looking at memes or laughing at silly posts made by her friends. It’s also the main way she communicates with them, as they use its messaging service much more than things like texting or video chat.
YouTube is a window into a world of wonder. There is so much great material to be found there, whether it’s for education, entertainment, or inspiration. But there’s also a lot of inappropriate stuff in amongst the cat videos and Kid President. Question is, how do we, as parents, help our kids safely navigate YouTube?
So, you’ve received a sext that you didn’t ask for. Now what?
Delete it right away
If someone sends you a sext that you didn’t ask for, delete it. You can also ask the person not to send more if you feel comfortable doing so.
Block the person
On social: If they keep sending you sexts (or other unwanted messages) that you don’t want, you can block them. Most social networks have Block and Mute functions.
Don’t fight back.
A lot of times a bully is looking to get a rise out of you, and fighting back just gives them what they want. Sometimes they’re hoping that you’ll fight back so that they can get you in trouble!
This lesson was produced with the support of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
- To further online safety education.
- To promote safe and responsible online behaviour through:
- Encouraging youth to make safe and ethical decisions online;
- Helping youth to identify strategies and supports that are available to assist them with issues they may encounter online.