Cancel Culture is Here to Stay

Online Safety
By
Cyber Dive
Oct 4, 2022
2 min read

Let’s be honest, Facebook memories are often uncomfortable. Have you ever squirmed reading a post from five years ago?

We know we have. Sometimes, we can’t help but just cringe.

Now, Facebook memories aren’t the only uncomfortable online experiences we’ve faced.

As adults, we know the internet is forever and one careless post can create ripple effects reaching into personal relationships and careers.

But, do our kids know this?

If they haven’t been taught it, chances are they don’t know. They haven’t yet seen how an old Tweet can be dug up out of someone’s past and spread online.

As your kid starts using social media and building a digital “resume,” they need your direction to keep their online reputation strong.

How can you do this?

It’s time to start encouraging them to T.H.I.N.K. before they post.

Let’s break this down.

T - Is it true?

Is the photo, comment, video, caption, or story your kid about to post true? If your kid isn’t confident the content is accurate, it probably isn’t worth posting. We know it all too well. One little seed of misinformation can set off a vicious cycle of gossip and bullying (especially online).

H - Is it helpful?

How might this post impact your kid or one of their followers? Let’s be clear. Every post your kid puts out there doesn’t need to be pulled from a self-help book. But, this thought can keep them from posting something that would intentionally or unintentionally hurts another person. It’s always easier to change some words before posting instead of trying to repair damage after posting.  

I - Is it inspiring?

Again, your kid doesn’t need to turn their social media accounts into motivational blogs. But, have them consider their intention behind each post. Is it negative content that could discourage or hurt someone else? Best to hold off posting that

N - Is it necessary?

I think we can all agree that the majority of the content online is unnecessary. Encourage your child to really give their posts some thought. This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t post selfies. But, an upset rant about a friend? That’s something best handled offline.

K - Is it kind?

Spreading kindness online may be one of the most important lessons to teach your kid. The digital world can quickly become a negative and toxic place (we don’t have to tell you to check out the comment section of a Facebook post to prove this point). Is what they’re saying making the world a better place or not? It’s important to talk about the severity of cyberbullying and how they can be part of the solution, not the problem.

Now, let's be clear. The point isn’t to make sure that your kid’s post has every one of these qualities. This isn’t a list to check off before posting.

Rather, teaching your kid to T.H.I.N.K. helps them avoid the regret of posting something that is untrue, unhelpful, discouraging, unnecessary, or unkind.

While they may not yet grasp the long-term consequences, the wrong kind of content can tarnish their digital “resume” and become a road block while searching for colleges or jobs later in life.

With your encouragement to T.H.I.N.K, their online experience will add value to their life rather than negativity. It doesn’t mean they’ll never cringe coming across some of their old posts. It does mean that those posts won’t damage them or the people around them.

Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desiree Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com
Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desire Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com

Technology changed kids; Aqua One will change parenting

Sign up to receive exclusive Aqua One offers, company updates, and additional information about how you can leverage Aqua One as the ultimate parenting tool.
Success! Welcome to the future of modern parenting.
Something went wrong, please try again.