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There is NO failsafe answer to protecting our children online.
Our biggest ally is education .
No one can take the place of the parent.
Do the possibilities scare you? Let’s unplug ‘em! Right?...
Why not just unplug? Interactive Engaging Children are connecting, collaborating, communicating. Find, store, create, critique, and share information Harness, evaluate, and create information effectively 21 st century literacy and global citizenship skills Tool for learning Daily life of digital natives Network
What (and who) is out there? What are our children doing online? 13 year old Morgan Pozgar, crowned the 2007 National Texting champion 20 year old Nathan Schwartz, crowned the 2008 National Texting champion
Chat and Instant Messaging Risks Strangers can contact your children It’s hard to monitor Searchable online profiles Cyber-bullying
Chat and Instant Messaging Learn the lingo: What should I do to keep them safe? Check screen names and profile Know your child’s password Use parental controls Stay involved Use log feature with child
"We would never show our parents everything that we do online or with our mobile phones and iPods because it would be too shocking and it would cause them to be . .
afraid or enraged or saddened or disappointed or humiliated or more distant or more controlling or worse , ashamed of me.
...and we're NOT about to start a bloody battle at home or risk having the computer taken away. So, it is safer to remain silent and deceptive. Besides, you would never understand. Most parents are clueless about our world and what we do with computers.“
(June, 2005 - April, 2007) This information was compiled by Donna Sawyer based on feedback from interviews with several hundred children, ages 11-20, in schools, youth groups, and small focus groups in North Carolina. The interviews included students from various cultural backgrounds: India, England, Belgium, South Korea, and Thailand.)
Remember, every child and every family is different.
Talk with your child about how to find, analyze, evaluate, interact with, and create information online.
What should I do to keep them safe? Communicate. Know what your child is doing online and who your child is communicating with online. Maintain a dialogue with your children about their lives ONLINE and OFFLINE. Keep it positive. Nothing takes the place of the parent.
Where do I find resources? http:// delicious.com/murraygirl/internetsafety
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. For more information, visit http://creativecommons.org . Credit info: Donna Murray, Instructional Technology Specialist murraydo at hickoryschools.net