The internet can be a tough place to be a kid, between social pressure, creepy strangers, “perfect” images and more. We parents alone can’t keep our kids safe from all the risks that exist online; we need social media platforms to work with us to protect our children. That’s where you come in. Your voice, your experience, and your powerful community is necessary to educate parents and encourage tech companies to work together for a safer internet for kids. Will you join us in building a better digital future?
Here’s how you can help:
- We’ll share new and urgent developments in the movement for a safer internet for kids. Be on the lookout for an email about opportunities to join online information sessions about social media and mental health, body image, child sexual exploitation, bullying, and more.
- Educate your community: Share some of our sample resources below, and connect with us for more resources that fit your community’s interests and needs.
- Get in touch: Reach out to [email protected] and let’s talk about how we can support your specific community in keeping kids safer online.
Educate yourself and your community!
Here are some examples of types of content we’ll share with you to use with your community. (Email us if there’s a specific topic you’d like to see!)
We have also been seeing an alarming rise in sextortion on social media platforms. Online scammers and predators are targeting teens, often posing as underage kids themselves, befriending or starting fake romantic relationships with their victims, and then enticing them into sharing sexually explicit photos and videos. Once the victim sends the content, the scammer then demands payment via a payment app and threatens to share the images online if the victim doesn’t comply. You can read and share our advisory with tips to prevent sextortion here.
Want to help your community prevent online child sexual exploitation? Share this video on what to do if a groomer contacts your child online.
Take action right now!
TikTok is one of the most popular apps with kids and teens – 67% of teens say they use the app. Unfortunately, TikTok is riddled with content promoting eating disorders and extreme diet and exercise programs. It also contains a disturbing amount of diet and weight loss content specifically aimed at children under 13.
Will you sign our petition asking TikTok to stop targeting kids with dangerous content?
Sample share language:
Parents can do a lot, but we can’t do it all. And when it comes to keeping kids safe online, tech companies need to do a lot more. I’ve signed this petition asking TikTok to stop showing eating disorder and diet content to kids. Will you join me?