Internet Safety and Strategies for the Lazy Days of Summer

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Internet Safety and Strategies for the Lazy Days of Summer

  1. 1. INTERNETSAFETYAND STRATEGIESFOR THE LAZY DAYS OF SUMMERA publication by
  2. 2. The Problem with Summer• Summer means more down time, whichsometimes creates more opportunities forchildren to get into trouble, especially whenparents aren’t around. About 70 percent ofschool-aged children live in homes whereboth parents work.• Summer can also mean boredom, and abored child is a child whos more likely totake risks to introduce excitement. Kids maytry things they wouldnt otherwise try, giveinto peer pressure, or make new – andpotentially questionable – online friends sothey dont have to feel alone all summer.
  3. 3. Summer Digital Dangers• Social networking sites• Sexually-oriented websites• Websites with privacy concerns• Cyberbullying• Meet-up sites• Offensive websites
  4. 4. The Role of Technology• In a world filled with cyber dangers, its easy tosay to yourself, “I never had a cell phone or acomputer, and I turned out fine!”• However, completely banning technology is notonly unfair; its also unlikely to work, becausetechnology is everywhere and no parent cansupervise their child every minute of every day.Instead, youll have to get savvy about what youdo and dont allow.
  5. 5. Why Technology is Important• Better spatial reasoning.• Access to friends.• Technology skills.• Project opportunities and rapid-firelearning.• Accommodation of learning styles.
  6. 6. Striking a Balance• Parents need to strike a balance betweenbanning technology altogether and givingtheir children free access to whatever theycan find. During the summer months, thiscan become more challenging, and parentsmay need to enlist the assistance of parentalintelligence software such as uKnowkids.• Basic parenting practices such as regularcommunication, clear boundaries, andadequate supervision can go a long waytoward bridging the gap between healthy useof digital technologies and the digital dangerzones.
  7. 7. Technological Strategies forKeeping Kids Safe• Technological Monitoring• Weve all heard the expression, “Fight firewith fire!” and parents can fight thedangers of technology using technologyitself.• Parental Intelligence• Parental Intelligence programs can tellyou how your child is using digitaltechnology and, if theres aproblem, knowing how your child usestechnology can provide valuable insightinto why theres a problem.
  8. 8. • Parental Controls• You can also block certain sites onyour home computer. Blockingsoftware allows you to select a list ofbanned sites, or to plug in keywordsassociated with the sorts of sites youdont want your child to have accessto.• Staying Up-to-Date withthe Latest AdvancementsTechnological Strategies forKeeping Kids Safe (cont’d)
  9. 9. For the full list of summer dangers and strategies for how todeal with them, resources and references,download our eBook.“Internet Safety and Strategies for the Lazy Days of Summer”

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