I heard a public service announcement this week about cyber safety for kids and I thought that was a great idea for this week’s Around The Web. I have two resources. One is really loaded with other great websites to check out. The other is a well-made longer online document that parents can read.Kids.gov Internet and Cyber Safety
The Kids.gov Internet and Cyber Safety web page is somewhat of a clearing house for resources. A few of these don’t quite seem to fit (National Gallery of Art?), but most of them are about communication, safe library websites for homework, cyberethics, bullying, and being smart online. Lots and lots of places to check out.
On Guard Online
On Guard Online is a rather lengthy online document for parents, though the print is large and it is pretty easy reading. It goes through a great variety of topics including sexting, watching for spam and viruses through “free” internet stuff, social guidelines for online activity, and COPPA (Children’s Online Policy and Protection Act). Good practical tips and topics, worth reading and bookmarking (or saving a copy on your hard drive).
Keeping Your Kids Technologically Safe
A little commentary from me about technology and kids — Don’t let your safety issues stop with the computer. Be sure you know what your kids are doing on their phone as well. The On Guard Online publication discusses this somewhat.
Most of all, know that as a parent you have the right and responsibility to check up on what your kids are doing. Yes, there is a balance of giving them a little room to be trusted. But in reality, the greater weight lies with you protecting them.
As long as they are a minor and living in your home, you can and (hopefully will) stay vigilant about these risks. If they understand that from the beginning, you and your child can have fewer conflicts about technology privacy issues.
Any more cyber safety resources you have to pass on, I’m glad to take them. And comments about this topic are welcome as well.