Keeping Kids Safe Online Is A Family Affair
Web offers many wonderful experiences for young people, so teaching
them about Internet safety and providing them with the right “training
wheels” is important.
A recent survey by Yahoo! found that although parents are taking steps to keep their children safe on the Internet, more frequent action is necessary:
is evolving at lightning speed and kids are among the first to adopt
the latest and greatest gadgets and Internet services. It is important
for parents to coach their children so they can develop the skills and
behaviors needed to stay safe online.
- 70 percent of parents talk to their children about online safety at least two to three times a year;
- 45 percent of parents talk to their children about online safety at least once a month;
- 74 percent of parents are connected to their children's profiles on social networking sites;
- 71 percent of parents have taken at least some action to manage their children's use of the Internet or cell phones.
Survey data shows that
cyberbullying continues to be a concern for parents. While most parents
are acutely aware of the potential issues, few are sure about what
action to take.
Yahoo! offers these tips for parents to pass on to their children:
- 81 percent of parents know what cyberbullying is;
- Only 37 percent of parents feel that they know what to do about cyberbullying;
- Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of parents want their child's school
to play an active role in teaching online safety and citizenship;
- Own your digital reputation. The Internet is a public space, so before
sharing photos or personal details make sure it's info that you'd share
with teachers, colleges or potential employers.
- Keep your
private information under your control. Keeping Internet conversations
(and your user names/profiles) free of personal information such as
passwords, your address or the name of your school is important.
- Be nice! Be respectful online and treat people the way you would want
to be treated. If someone is being disrespectful or bullying you, try
to ignore that person and use privacy tools to block that person from
contacting you again.
- Know your rights. You have the right to
not respond to e-mail or other messages that are inappropriate or make
you feel uncomfortable. If you get a message that doesn't feel right,
show it to a trusted adult and report it to your Internet service
Have a family chat. Talking with your parents or
guardians doesn't mean giving up your privacy. Everyone benefits when
you're on the same page about online activities.