Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Share with care: Teach your teens about privacy online

It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  Most teens and even children are more sophisticated online than their parents.  That means parents need to take the time to catch up!

Parenting usually includes teaching our children to share.  However when it comes to cyberspace, we need to understand that sharing is not always the best policy. (Watch video).

What you post online could have an impact on people in the real world.

As you know, the Internet offers students a wealth of opportunities to communicate, socialize and explore the world.  But these benefits come with risks.  Problems like cyberbullying, sexting and over-sharing on social networking sites affect students, schools and communities across the country.

OnGuard Online, Stop - Think - Click is a program designed and provided by The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) to help keep our teens and children safe in space.  The are offering free booklets and a toolkit to help you become a better informed parent, teacher and person when it comes to online safety.

The toolkit materials are free and in the public domain.  They encourage teachers, parents and others who care for kids to use this resource during a classroom presentation, community gathering or PTA meeting, and to spread the word by using the information in a newsletter or on your website, ordering free copies of Net Cetera and Heads Up for your neighborhood school from bulkorder.ftc.gov, or sharing the toolkit with colleagues and community leaders.

During NCSAM, and all year round, learn as much as you can about cybersafety and cybersecurity.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens.

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