In an age where technology is in the hands of youth of all ages, the dangers of abuse can affect any child, from any background. These dangers, ranging from cyberbullying to self-victimization (sexting) to sexual exploitation (sextortion) and sexual abuse can be difficult to address. This presentation will focus on our perceptions versus reality for youth’s use of technology, how focusing on individual apps versus how the apps are used can limit our ability to influence dangerous behaviors and how adults speak to youth about their technology use. Another aspect of this presentation will be providing conversation starters for adults to communicate with youth about their online activities. The topic of sexting and relationship to sextortion will be discussed and the presentation will conclude with tips on effective technology safety and prevention messaging.
Describe how you would identify how youth use technology
Explain teen's online risks versus reward perspectives
Identify effective ways to communicate with youth about technology use