Keep your kids, teens safe from cyber bullying, predators, and music piracy

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    Keep your kids, teens safe from cyber bullying, predators, and music piracy

    Knowledge is the best way to defend your kids from online dangers 

    Article originally shared on Intel’s Circuit. Permission granted to modify and run series for Teachers Engage Community Story by: Secure Intel

     

    You know there are dangers to your kids on the Internet—but they don’t always want to hear that from you. Here are some guidelines on the key topics of cyber safety and privacy for kids. These are not only for your education as a parent, but to also help your pre-teen or teen understand topics such as music piracy, social networking, cyber bullying, cyber predators, and protecting their privacy online. Most of the advice comes right from the source: kids and teens.

     

    Guidelines for Parents of Teens

    Talk with your teens about what they can and cannot do online:  

    • Be reasonable and set reasonable expectations. Try to understand their needs, interests, and curiosity. Remember what it was like when you were their age. 

     

    • Be Open with your teens and encourage them to come to you if they encounter a problem online. Your response will determine whether they confide in you the next time they encounter a problem and will teach them how to eventually handle problems on their own. 

     

    • Learn everything you can about the Internet. Ask your teens to show you what’s cool. Have them show you great places for teens and fill you in on areas that you might benefit from as well. Make “surfing the net” a family experience. Make this one area where you get to be the student and your child gets to be the teacher. 

     

    • Check out blocking, filtering, and ratings applications. As you may know, there are now services that rate Web sites for content, as well as filtering programs and browsers that enable parents to block sites they consider inappropriate. These programs work in different ways. Some block sites known to contain objectionable material; some prevent users from entering certain types of information such as their name and address. Other programs keep your children away from chat rooms or restrict their ability to send or read E-mail. 

     

    • You know there are dangers to your kids on the Internet—but they don’t always want to hear that from you. Here are six videos on the key topics of cyber safety and privacy for kids. These are not only for your education as a parent, but to also help your your pre-teen or teen understand topics such as music piracy, social networking, cyber bullying, cyber predators, and protecting their privacy online. Most of the advice comes right from the source: kids and teens.

     

    For more information on best practices check out the resources at i-Safe.