He offers a roadmap for ensuring open communication and your children’s’ online safety through the acronym TRUST. TRUST is a formula to follow when creating a dialogue and building healthy relationships with your children about their online safety.
T – Talk.
R – Relationships.
U – Understand.
S – Stability.
T – Teach.
Seek your kids’ thoughts and opinions. Speak to your kids in terms of their priorities and be sure to validate them. As a parent, validate your children without judging them; you have the ability to empower them with healthy choices.
Consistently communicate with your children to learn and chat about their in-person and online relationships. Get to know their friends and know the players in your kids’ lives.
When communicating with your children, be sure to understand their challenges and be a resource for them in their success moving forward.
Above all, maintain your emotional stability and refrain from getting angry, no matter what they say. Be the safe place and person for your children; ensure they feel they can share with and learn from you.
Have your children teach you about their apps. This way, you know how the apps work, why your children enjoy the apps, and with whom your kids use the apps.
By following these steps, you can promote an open dialogue with your children and ensure safe habits online.
Here is the video with Robin Dreeke’s full interview with “Virginia This Morning.”
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Headquartered in Orlando, FL, The Innocent Lives Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by cybersecurity and technology experts, with the sole purpose of protecting children online. Using innovative online investigative tactics and techniques, ILF’s team hunts down the worst of the worst —pedophiles, sexual predators, and human traffickers — and provides critical evidence and identifying information to US and international law enforcement agencies to aid in their capture and arrest. Founded by renowned security expert Chris Hadnagy (aka “The Human Hacker”), the foundation’s executive board includes such notable figures such as Criminal Minds’ AJ Cook, Clutch lead singer Neil Fallon and former FBI Behavioral Analysis Program head, Robin Dreeke.
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