Sometimes it seems that today's young people were born to own the open roads of the Internet. But they are not naturally prepared for the many hazards that await online users of all ages. To prepare them for this world, children today need explicit instruction and skills for staying safe, decoding media messages, and behaving responsibly. They will also need the wisdom, guidance, and values of trusted adults in their physical space to help them connect with online people and information safely and appropriately.
In school, we enforce the district's Responsible Use Policy each day. The policy provides guidelines that parents may want to consider at home. In addition, here are a few more things parents can try at home to provide children with framework for appropriate and responsible technology use at home:
- Place their computers in open rooms (not the bedroom)
- Know their online account names and passwords
- Limit online use to a specific time of day, preferably when there is an adult present
- Remind them to keep personal information out of the Internet (where strangers lurk)
- Reinforce the importance of messaging or chatting with a respectful tone and language
For more tips on Internet Safety, please check the following resources:Digital Citizenship Activity eBooks: a Collaboration between Common Sense Media & Book Creator