The Internet offers countless opportunities for learning many students are now required to use the web to complete homework assignments. They also use it daily for entertainment and to communicate with friends via social media.
However, the use of the Internet also carries risks that range from exposure to inappropriate material to bullying, harassment, stalking and solicitation by sexual predators.
What You Can Do
- Be “friends” with or follow your family. You can look out for each other!
- Explore digital worlds, applications and social networks together first so you can talk about safety and that environment, observe how others interact and shadow good decision making.
- Encourage your kids to:
- Think about their futures and about the feelings of others before they post anything online.
- Flag inappropriate content.
- Tell someone they trust if another person violates their safety or treats them poorly.
What Your PTA Can Do
- #ShareAwesome: A new campaign from National PTA with the support of LifeLock that celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for good – good for themselves, their families, their friends and the whole world.
- ConnectSafely: Parents, teens, educators, and advocates will find tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe, effective use of connected technology.
- Common Sense Media: Information about ways to support youth as they transform into digital citizens.
- Family Online Safety Institute: An online resource center, including a blog and fun activities to help parents, teachers and teens navigate new technologies, share knowledge and information, and use technology as a vehicle for social change.
- Netsmartz (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children): An interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.