Internet Safety Resources for Parents
Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today, especially our children. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.
Common Sense Education
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They provide parents, teachers, and policymakers with unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of the media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. On their website, you will find research-based tools to teach your students how to embrace the power of technology in school and in life.
NetSmartz Workshop, is an interactive, educational safety resource for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement. It uses age-appropriate, 3D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
- NetFamilyNews is an excellent source to obtain a weekly newsletter regarding Internet and Cyber Safety.
- http://ikeepsafe.org/ offers a booklet that includes instructions to check for artifacts left behind on a computer running a Windows operating system.