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Internet Safety and Information for Families

Lincoln School Technology Guidelines

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ThinkB4U:
A new series of web safety videos and tutorials from Google and its partners. Using the "choose your own adventure" aspect of YouTube video editing, ThinkB4U offers interactive videos to educate viewers about things like protecting online reputations, avoiding scams, research and critical thinking, and responsible text messaging.
ThinkB4U is divided into three basic sections; students, parents, and educators. Each section addresses nine different topics related to safe and responsible use of the Internet and cell phones.

Massachusetts Agression Reduction Center

Elizabeth Englander resources

What is Social Networking?

A Parents' Guide to Facebook

I Keep Safe

GetNetWise

WiredSafety

Tips to Stop Cyberbullying

Cell phone safety tips

Cell Phone Safety Tips for Parents

Social web safety tips for teens

Parental controls
Reviews of parental control software
Downloadable AOL Parental Controls
Downloadable mobile parental controls
Downloadable web filtering

Common Sense Media is a nonprofit non partisan organization dedicated to helping families find the media that's right for them. By providing parents with the tools and information they need to make informed choices about the entire media landscape, Common Sense Media has become a powerful ally in parents' fight to remain the primary influence in their kids' lives.

Top 10 Common Sense Internet Tips for Parents from Common Sense Media.

  1. Teach Internet Safety basics
    • Don't share personal information like name, school, age or address
    • Never send pictures to strangers
    • Keep passwords private (except for parents) 
    • Don't open any mail or content from strangers
    • If something mean or creepy happens get a grown up immediately
  2. Have some rules. Tell kids ahead of time where they can and can't go and what they can and can't do online. Establish time and limits, and keep the computer in a central place so you can monitor activity.
  3. Visit age appropriate sites. Find sites that promote learning and creativity and that deepen your kids' interests. Check out Web sites before your kids visit them. Know what features exist: chat functions, game play, virtual worlds. For young kids, use safe search setting or filtering software to limit inappropriate exposure.
  4. Talk about privacy. Make sure kids know that anything posted online can be seen by or forwared to anyone. Show kids where privacy settings are, and make sure they use them.
  5. If they don't do it in real life, they shouldn't do it online. Don't say mean things or post embarrassing photos or videos of other people.
  6. Agree on downloads. What music is ok? Which video sites? Don't give your kids your credit card information. If they need to buy something, you should be involved.
  7. Review the basics of smart search. Help your kids develop critical thinking–not everything they see on the Internet is true. always verify facts and check multiple sources.
  8. Talk about peer pressure. Tell kids that just because their friends are doing something, they don't have to do it if it makes them feel uncomfortable.
  9. Keep channels of communication open. Make sure kids know to tell an adult–it doesn't have to be you–if anything suspicious, cruel, or scary happens. They need to know that their safety comes first and they they won't get into trouble.
  10. Embrace their world. When you know where your kids are going online, you can enjoy the good stuff together.

Commonsense Media


 

Updated 4/12/12

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