The webpage from iSafe offers practical tips for parents and students. I appreciated reading their thoughts on the “4 R’s”: Recognizing the techniques that online predators use, Refuse requests when asked for personal information; Respond assertively if you ever feel uncomfortable online and if warranted contact the police or trusted adult; Report any contact that seems suspicious or dangerous. Other practical suggestions include making one’s profile generic and not to open attachments from strangers, which may contain viruses.
This link contains a video with excellent and practical tips on Internet safety for parents and teachers: Net Smart. It points out that there is more to consider than what is seen on a computer in that online has been expanded to many devices. Kids are not just consuming but creating and posting which increases vulnerabilities. Cautions are given about friending unknown people, sharing passwords, talking about or sharing inappropriate comments. Excellent suggestions were provided when dealing with cyber-bullying as well. I watched a few good YouTube videos on this topic, and one of those will be included at the bottom of this blog.
Finally, additional practical advice for parents and teachers comes from Common Sense Media at this site: Internet-safety-tips-middle-school-kids. This article talks about having rules about time and place for internet access, discussing safety precautions openly with children, and have limits on time spent online. The article suggests reminding children that if they wouldn’t do it in real life, they shouldn’t do it online.
Through the process of completing this assignment, I discovered that there is much on this topic, and most was helpful. We cannot be too careful to protect our children while using the Internet. While the Internet can be a vastly helpful resource, danger lurks from sometimes unexpected places.