Whether you're worried about social networks, texting, apps, video games, online privacy or other growing areas of high-tech concern, it bears remembering: Keeping kids safe in today's online and always-connected world requires a multi-pronged approach. As with any form of technology, the most effective strategies are proactive. Educate yourself on new innovations and teach kids positive computing habits, and they'll be better equipped to make good decisions when they encounter questionable content -- an inevitability every parent must be prepared to accept.
Kids as young as 2 are now being exposed to tablet PCs and smartphones, changing the fundamental family dynamic. But technology and digital citizenship aren't being adequately taught in schools, and increasingly harried parents are finding themselves stretched thinner by work and life than ever, making it tougher to gain these insights at home. Happily for over-burdened caregivers, the following hints, tips and websites can help you keep children safe without causing your schedule to short-circuit.
Internet and Online Safety Tips for Kids
- Homework is for parents too: Always study, research and go-hands on with new technologies to make more informed decisions.
Online Privacy: How to Protect Your Family
For additional resources, visit:
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Facebook Family Safety Center
Family Online Safety Institute
FBI Cyber Alerts Index
Microsoft Family Safety
Modern Parent's Guide free high-tech parenting books
Web Wise Kids