Most parents and instructors know about the power of digital, but few have solutions for the challenges children are facing, including harassment, bullying, sexting, access to inappropriate content, substance use, identity theft and predators. If not caught, these behaviors can lead to human trafficking and domestic violence. DFI offers in-person classes to help guide parents on making decisions and finding the answers they are looking for.
Instruct your students on distinguishing between digital articles, ads and photos with these four tips:
- Determine who created the message
- Determine for whom it was produced
- Determine why it was made
- Photo recognition—what, where, when and timing
Clues a student’s relationships may be in trouble:
- Constant phone calls
- Having to report where they are and what they’re doing
- Signs of physical abuse
- Signs of depression
Questions to ask your students about when they’re online at home:
- WILL your guidance establish good or bad choices and habits?
- WHO are they speaking with?
- WHAT are they viewing and visiting?
- WHEN are they on devices?
- HOW are they conducting themselves?
Look for these signs as a sign of substance use:
- Behavioral issues
- Mood and personality shifts
- Hygiene & appearance problems
- Health changes
- School and work concerns