Summer Internet Safety for parents
(updated June 2012)
You just know the kids will spend way too much time on-line over the summer, but do you know some of the things you should be aware of to help keep them safe?
I have found a few places to help you think about what you and your family's needs really are and perhaps help you to start a conversation with your child about how they use the internet.
Internet Safety Advice from another parent:
Geek Dad on Wired.com The Geek Dad blog is "raising the geek generation 2.0". You will find reviews of filtering software and security products as well as the common-sense advice parents can really use. The guys also really like cool toys and new apps so there is lots to have fun with here too. See the post: 5 Steps to a Family-Safe Internet
Internet safety advice from an organization specializing in the family and parenting:
Common Sense International: you will find basic information about all the various types of communication on the internet from on-line gaming to email to social networking sites. What are they, and how do they work, as well as some safety tips for families.
What parents need to know about Cyberbullying:
Define the Line: Clarifying the Blurred Lines between Cyber-bullying and Socially Responsible Digital Citizenship. This thought-provoking Canadian site explains the issue in plain language and includes some video vignettes for both adults and youth. This is not a “how to deal with cyber-bullying” website because there are no
quick fixes but this website can help you make informed choices.