To continue spreading the cyber behavior awareness message, the ZABRA team headed to Los Angeles this week for a town hall event at Capistrano Valley High School. We partnered with Lifetime’s Josh Shipp, Phil Greer of The California Treatment Advocacy Foundation (CalTAF) and the Capistrano Unified School District to discuss addressing treats to teens’ online safety and the pertinence of digital parenting today.
Our panel of news and television personalities, social media experts and teen behavior specialists shared important insights on online safety. Here are a few key takeaways for parents:
- “Setting up a framework for a child to be a good digital citizen starts with the parent and [that includes] explaining to them what that means.” – Paul Adkison, founder of ZABRA
- “Lecturing is going to train your kid to tune you out. Therefore, parents, when there is something you want your kid to do, you have to focus on questions because questions evoke critical thinking.” – Josh Shipp
- “It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs, bullying, eating disorders and self-destructive, maladaptive coping mechanisms.” – Jamison Monroe Jr., Founder of Newport Academy & Leading Adolescent Addiction Expert
- “You never want to bail your kids out of a situation that they can struggle through themselves with your support.” – Josh Shipp
- “So much happens in the news that you can use it as a starting point for a conversation with your family.” –Kimberly Cornell, KTLA Executive Producer & EMMY Award-Winning Journalist
- “There are real-life consequences to every action and it is important [for teens] to understand that.” –Phil Greer
- “I would recommend not putting anything on your social media accounts that you would not do in a crowded stadium. And if you wouldn’t get on a crowded football field and do it, [then] don’t post that picture.” – Jerrod Menz, President, American Addiction Centers
- “Authenticity trumps polish any day of the week. It’s not about a magic word or phrase, but just authentically letting your kids know that you care.” – Darren Kavinoky, Network Television Personality & CNN Analyst
Thank you to all of our panel experts for participating, also including Anna Bryson, CUSD Board of Trustees Member. For additional parenting resources and advice, check in on the ZABRA Facebook Page. Remember to talk to your kids about online safety today and download our good cyber citizen pledge here.