I have to admit that I’ve not been all over the whole social networking scene and in fact, it would be fair to say that I have even made it a point to remain as anonymous as possible in the virtual world. Because both of my boys are adults, I haven’t felt like I needed to become ‘cyber-safety-savvy’ on their behalf, so until recently, I’ve elected not to step onto the ‘virtual playground.’
However, parents with kids at home cannot afford to be uninformed about the ‘digital playground’ their kids enter anytime they are on the internet. It is incumbent upon the adults to establish boundaries, teach kids how to be safe online and monitor their activities. If you are like me and don’t know where to start, I encourage you to check out the Raising Digital Kids Channel on MyKidsTurn.com. While really designed for parents, educators who have limited knowledge about online safety matters will likely find the videos helpful too. I especially enjoyed the following shows–
Those of you who have older kids may find the following article about What Employers Don’t Want to See on Facebook enlightening.