A good place to start when thinking about your family’s online safety is the Privacy and Internet Safety page from www.commonsensemedia.org. They raise some interesting points about how children have a personal life and digital life, but really to them it’s just “life.”
It’s equally important that we, as parents and teachers, model and talk to our children about how to behave in both worlds. We need to continue to stress safety around strangers (and how to recognize them) and being kind to others no matter what the environment.
Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between
More Information on Internet Safety
Google Family Safety Center: Visit this new Google Site to learn about Internet Safety for the whole family.
“We know how important it is to protect and educate young people on using the Internet and want to provide all of our users with a safe experience.
When it comes to family safety, we aim to:
- Provide parents and teachers with tools to help them choose what content their children see online
- Offer tips and advice to families about how to stay safe online
- Work closely with organizations such as charities, others in our industry and government bodies dedicated to protecting young people”
In Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online, OnGuard Online gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world.
Kids and parents have many ways of socializing and communicating online, but they come with certain risks. This guide encourages parents to reduce the risks by talking to kids about how they communicate – online and off – and helping kids engage in conduct they can be proud of. Net Cetera covers what parents need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.
OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy. In the Protect Kids Online section, this website provides parents with information about their rights under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The section includes information on computer security practices, phishing, P2P file sharing as well as apps and video-game ratings. Parents of young children will find tips for talking with their children about being online, and those with teens will find suggestions for talking about social networking and texting. They also include suggestions for parents on how to prevent and stop cyber-bullying.