June is racing by, how have you celebrated Internet Safety Month? Coming into its twelfth year, Internet Safety Month has been an opportunity to stop children from being victimized in online spaces. A group of companies and organizations, including FOSI, Google, and the National Cyber Security Alliance, are using this month the teach best practices to keep your family safe on the internet.
Summer is a great time to take a break from our devices. But when children are away from home, maybe for the first time, staying in touch is important.Some camps have a no phones or electronic devices policy. What can you do to stay in touch while getting the benefits of a tech-lite summer? Here are a few tips to follow this summer:
Let’s face it, our kids are using the internet whether or not we want them to. A decade ago, parents and teachers tried to restrict internet access, believing they’d succeed. However, internet availability is too widespread that our kids are extremely tech-savvy now. It’s best to meet them halfway – give in gracefully, but with a mutually acceptable set of rules and modes to help them use the internet positively.
I’m a strong believer that the things we teach children in school (in regards to online safety) should be replicated at home; after all, if we have different rules and education at home and at school then children may become confused and therefore the educational impact is negligible.
It’s not fake news to say that media reports have devoted much airtime and column inches to stories relating to offensive online content recently. In fact, over the last 12 month we have witnessed a considerable increase in media reports of online harassment, revenge porn, extremist videos and fake news.
Just when you thought all social media sites were created and no one could possibly have a unique idea for another site, a company called Musical.ly Inc. has created an app aimed towards teens.
These are trying times online.News stories proliferate about bad behavior such as cyberbullying, doxing, swatting and online harassment. From fake news to hacking to online trolls, the Internet has never seemed so concerning.
You don’t have to be a parenting expert to realize: Keeping kids safe on social media services like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram has become a top priority for today’s family.
Parents often ask how to get started with online safety conversations at home and what rules they should establish for their families.
Today, Safer Internet Day is being celebrated in over 100 countries and on every continent. Given the recent political upheavals in the US and in Europe, this is a particularly good time to remind ourselves and our children about the need to practice good digital citizenship online. To be an upstander and not a bystander if you see bullying or harassing messages or videos. To report rather than spread abusive, inappropriate or illegal images. And, for us adults, to be good digital role models in spite of the way some of our political leaders behave online.