We don’t trust what we read, and fake news is abundant. Anything you post can become public even if it is just to your friends. Our global society is dealing with some significant issues regarding the internet.

Cyberbullying and peer to peer violence through social feeds such as text, Snapchat, and other messaging apps is rising faster than we can control. Kids used only to have to deal with face to face name calling, and now this is done through the internet highway.

Online safety of children is critical for every parent and adult to take notice. Monitoring our children’s internet interaction is essential to keeping them safe. Are your kids addicted? 3 out of every 4 kids could be considered addicted to the internet, this is something parents can help solve. Tablets and smartphones have become babysitters, and many families are all heads down into their screens for hours on end.

Internet addiction is something we all deal with. Our society is sleeping less because of constant interaction with our phones and tablets. Studies have shown that relationships are suffering and many people indicate they would struggle if they were off the internet for just a few days. Online experiences are expanding past real-life experiences. We should all want to try new things vs watching through the lens of the internet what others are doing.

What can we do?
Engage in Safer Internet Day. Get involved with your friends, family, and coworkers. Unplug for an evening, a day and a whole weekend. Realize that apps like Facebook will still be there when you plug back in. Think about going to the library and getting an actual book. Research important news topics before just believing everything you read online.

Happy Safer Internet Day! The motto for this year:
Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you.

Stand with us. Yell out, we can unplug from the internet, and we will be ok. Experience less internet, share less and respect each other online and offline. Together we can get our faces away from the glow of the screen.

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