Safe and Sound: Securing Our Kids’ Relationship with the Internet
Culture Online privacy and online safety go hand in hand, making Internet Safety Month is a great time for you to think about the best ways to manage your kids’ privacy and security.
Everyone would benefit from an Internet without trolls, bullies and abuse. But online safety and security are especially important for kids, because they spend a lot of time online and have so much to gain from the internet.
Wide world of opportunity
Parents and teachers want to protect children and students from potential problems online, just like offline. But we also want to connect them to the many opportunities of the Internet, such as:
- Personalized learning connected to their interests and level of development
- Access to a huge library of content and information, no matter where they live
- New ways to connect with friends, across town or around the globe
- Preparing them to live, learn and work in an increasingly digital future
Building online safety and security involves finding a balance: protecting kids from potential problems and connecting them to opportunities.
Teachers, community leaders and companies all share a role in building a safer, more secure Internet, but families play the biggest part. The good news for parents is you don’t need to be a computer expert to keep your kids safe online.
"Teach and model digital citizenship: balance, ethics, privacy, relationships, reputation and online security."
As kids grow older, one of the most important ways to keep them safe online is helping them learn to be smart online. Don’t just discourage unsafe behavior and bullying; teach and model digital citizenship: balance, ethics, privacy, relationships, reputation and online security.
Internet safety and security is part of parenting today. But remember that in the long run, kids themselves may have the most important role in building a safer Internet.
Today’s adults watched the internet grow, but today’s kids are growing up with the internet. They’ll use digital and social media more than their parents. Adults built these platforms, but today’s kids will really shape the evolution of the online world.