We all know the Internet gives our kids a lot of benefits and opens up their whole world. Along with the great things about the Internet, we must also deal with opposite and serious issues our children and teens expose themselves to while spending time online. Recent research shows how our engagement with social media is increasing across our devices and this is also true for our young people. Our children’s online use, including communications, interactions and use of all types of social sharing websites is important to understand and keep track of on an on-going basis to keep our children safe.
For those of us who are parents or grandparents, we remember our parents teaching us about crossing the street and to be careful talking to strangers. Today, we must know and understand what our children are doing when they spend time online. Their privacy, safety and well-being depend on it. For some child caregivers, the technology alone in using a device to access the Internet along with the dizzying number of social sharing sites online are overwhelming. However, we must have internet safety rules. There are tools to help.
there are tools to help learn and monitor our children’s online activities
February 7, 2017, was Safer Internet Day. Cybertip.ca has a number of useful tools and information whether you have a child in grade 3 or an older child who is facing an issue while online such as cyberbullying. Have a look at Cybertip.ca videos, information sheets and activity books.
child safety online requires up-to-date information
A final resource we want to leave you with this visit is the ‘Think U Know‘ website. There is a wealth of information and if you are in the UK, information about reporting an online incident. Importantly, from the home page scroll to the bottom and look for resources for specific age groups. Importantly, there is a section for educators. All the resources and links will help you when you are creating internet safety rules for your child or students to follow while using the Internet.