Parents - are you involved in your teens Online behavior?

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 Parents - are you involved in your teens Online Behavior?


McAfee 2014 Teens and Screen study shows cyberbullying tripled in 2014! Did you know according to these study sites 87% of preteens and teens witnessed cyberbullying in the last year. I don’t about you but I’m alarmed

with these statistics!


Parents if you aren’t aware you need to be. Parental involvement in your teen’s online life is crucial to stem the tide of cyberbullying. Teens need to understand this behavior is unacceptable and can lead to cruel behavior which affects the physic of not only the victim but the predator.


I received a great article from AT&T Internet Service Customer Care on Year-Round Digital Safety. Their points are well made and worth repeating!


It’s up to parents to educate their children to protect them when their online. Learn to practice “CGLGR!”  


Connect with your kids, opening dialogue about the risks of all online connections. Make sure all communication lines are open!

Gain Access. Make sure you as a parent have passwords for all your children’s media accounts and passcodes to their devices. You should have full access at any given time.

Learn the technology. Research and educate yourself on all devices your child uses. You want to stay one step ahead and know more about what is available and how they operate than they do!

Get social. Keep abreast of the newest and latest social networks..stay informed of what sites are important to your child and their friends. You don’t have to create an account but understand how the sites work and check out what your kids are doing on them.

Reputation management. Educate your children that whatever they post online is out there for eternity!


Our kids are tomorrow’s future..let’s make sure we are educating and teaching them to be productive, caring adults. The global economy is changing the world we live in so let’s do our best to instill in our younger generation responsible behavior.


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Kathy: Thank you..I'm concerned!

Hi Rob: Thanks for stopping's a concern for all of us!

Sep 27, 2014 11:19 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dorie, I know what I see on my niece's FB account concerns me.  Teenagers are considerably different than the same age in my day.  Bill 

Sep 27, 2014 01:34 PM #5
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dorie - This advice is imperative.  I have become aware of couple of suicides in which the buyer has chosen this course.

Sep 27, 2014 01:48 PM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Parent involvement is so important. Actually everyone in the family should stay in communication.

Sep 27, 2014 06:39 PM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Dorie. What an amazing job you are doing with this topic. This is such an important topic and anything that parents can do for the safety of the children is so important.

Sep 27, 2014 08:18 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Dorie.  It is so important that parents are aware of any cyber bullying.  Great blog topic.

Sep 27, 2014 08:41 PM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Important for parents to realize what dangers the internet has and monitor their children's behavior

Sep 27, 2014 10:25 PM #10
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Dorie, great advice for parents or anyone who is supervising young people monitoring to protect them against cyber bulling when it comes to technology.

Many people/parents just don't know how to operate technology and need to get involved.

Sep 27, 2014 10:31 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If I had young children, I'd do all in my power to be very aware of what they are doing on-line.  It's a dangerous place.

Sep 27, 2014 10:34 PM #12
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

So important Dorie. This IS  happening and much too often. Parents NEED  to be involved!

Sep 27, 2014 10:35 PM #13
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

My grandson is eleven. His mom and my son keep a close eye on his Internet activity as well sa being involved in all he does. The world is a scary place these days from bullies to predators!

Sep 27, 2014 11:14 PM #14
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi BLIZ: I agree

Hi Joan: Which is heart breaking!

Hi Patricia: I agree!

Hi Joe: Yes it is..the world these kids are growing up in is very different from the world we knew raising our children.

Hi Conrad: Thank you!

Hi Sally: It's important for the whole family to be on the same page!

Hi Bob: Technology is a wonderful thing but the unintended consequences are out there lurking

Hi Gabe: It can be

Hi Gary: Yes it is!

Sep 28, 2014 12:39 AM #15
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Dorie. You have brought to light such a very important subject! We are constantly talking to the daughters to keep an eye on their teens and pre-teens activity online. We can never be too careful.

Sep 28, 2014 01:52 AM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Thank goodness those years are behind me.  But yes, I was like her own personal mommy stalker.  At the time I wasn't really worried about bullies, but preditors who might be pretending to be a teen friend.  For most of her teen years, until right before she went off to college she used a computer in the family room.  But late in her senior year I got her a laptop and by then I just had to trust her, she was about to leave for college.

Sep 28, 2014 08:11 AM #17
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Hi Dorie, This is excellent advice and I'm glad to be past the teenage stage. When my girls were young and wanted to be online, it was with the understanding I had to have their passwords.

Sep 28, 2014 04:18 PM #18
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Gabe Sanders #12 took the words out of my mouth Dorie...

This is something every parent should be aware of... thanks for sharing and thanks to Kathy for posting in her weekly post...

Sep 29, 2014 04:46 AM #19
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dorie Dillard thank God I am done with that! However, it does scare many parents - and the way things are going in the Wild Wild West....

Sep 29, 2014 05:34 AM #20
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Dorie, I have teenage cousins that I'm connected with on Instagram and some of the comments from their "friends" is very concerning. These younger generations have so much more pressure on them nowadays to dress/look/act/etc. a certain way. Parents do need to be involved and aware of what's going on in this area.

Sep 29, 2014 06:58 AM #21
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Dorie, I came via Prayful's reblog and will repete my comment here with you.

  A daunting task no doubt.  A necessary one as well.  The ripples of any pebble dropped in the cyber pool reach beyond our imagination.  Instilling that in a child, or teenager is a must.  Mark

Sep 30, 2014 01:16 PM #22
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Dorie, if I had a teenager out there on social media, learning half as much about how it all works would be a daunting challenge.  So many of the parents I know are relying on their children to teach them what to do and how to connect.

Oct 02, 2014 03:03 AM #23
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