The internet, mobile technologies and digital communication offer children a world of opportunities to socialize, communicate, and learn, But these opportunities come with risks. The best way for kids to learn to be safe online is through regular, honest conversations. Regularly communicating your family’s values and expectations will help them apply these values in an online context.
A Few Good Sites & Articles
Common Sense Media is a great site for information about parenting in the digital world. This article provides a list and some details about some of the more popular/emerging social media sites:
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is another organization doing great research and providing resources for parents:
This article provides link to tip sheets for some of the most popular social media sites:
This article covers the teen use of online dating apps:
ConnectSafely.org is nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Their parent guidebooks are great resources for learning about social media sites.
Netsmartz.org is another great resource for kids and parents. Created through a partnership between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, this organization “provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.” This site provides activities and guides from younger children, tweens and older teenagers.
The Smart Talk is the result of a collaboration between LifeLock and Nation PTA. The idea behind this tool is to help “parents and kids [get] together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.” They also have a discussion guide to help direct family conversations about electronic device use.