Children and Internet Safety: Tips and Websites to Catch Up With

Children and Internet Safety: Tips and Websites to Catch Up With

We live in interesting times, in which technology is evolving at such a dizzying pace that it is easy to miss a train. Our children, however, are inside these trains.

Never take candy from strangers” and “do not talk to strangers” were the usual watchwords from fathers only twenty years ago. Today it is not that we live in a more dangerous world, it is that some hazards have become more sophisticated (child pornography), and others simply have been identified and labeled (bullying).

The dark side of technology is that it provides new ways to commit old crimes, and some of them threaten our children because they share the same media with the criminals. Every day we hear words such as cyberbullying, sexting, grooming, and others who either seem to be very far away because our children are still young, or just produce a fear only comparable to our ignorance.

If we want to protect our children we have to catch up with all this. We will not get very far by just ignoring reality or prohibiting the use of the Internet or mobile devices.

Our mission as parents and educators is to learn what is necessary to accompany our children, advise them and educate them on the proper use of internet and technology, both to protect them and to prevent the misuse of it to harm others.

They must be taught to respect others, to preserve their privacy and to communicate safely and responsibly, knowing the environment and risks.

Some tips for parents and educators

  1. Your children must understand that the Internet is a worldwide tool. Although it is a great tool and increasingly indispensable, many people are not who they say they are and that includes the bad guys.
  2. Convey to your children the importance of maintaining your privacy. Teach them to never post or share data, photos or videos that they are not ready to hang on the school board or on posters around the neighborhood. You must be clear about what kind of data can be shared and in which areas.
  3. Make them aware that they should not take advantage of the anonymity of the Internet to do things they would never do in real life, such as abuse, threaten or harass others.
  4. Monitor their access to social networks and chats, helping them to create secure user profiles and email accounts.
  5. Install parental control software and verify the privacy and security settings of your devices and web browsers.
  6. Make sure that the computer is in a common area of the house and lay down agreed rules and timetables to use it.

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Safe and responsible use of the Internet:

The Best Webs

With this selection of websites dedicated to exactly to educate and inform both students and parents and educators in the proper use of technology you will be able to catch up quickly with the concepts mentioned before.

In ENGLISH:

NetSmartz Workshop

NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive and educational program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) in the United States that provides resources for teaching children on how to be safer online and offline. Aimed at kids and teens from 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators and law enforcement –> Visit site

On Guard Online

Website of the Federal Government of the United States dedicated to online security, of young and old. Tips, articles, resources and tools for learning and teaching. –> Visit site

AT&T Internet Safety Connections Game

An online interactive learning experience. For our children to practice what they know about safety, respect and privacy, a great resource aimed at primary school children. –> Visit site

CBBC Stay Safe

Fun and educational web about security and good uses online uses of the British television channel CBBC for children and young. Games, videos and articles on this subject for children and adolescents.. –> Visit site

The Carnegie Cyber Academy

This is an educational game to use preferably in the classrooms. It includes videos, pictures and interactive activities developed around the cyber security of children and teens. Registration required to download the game. Very complete. –> Visit site

Webonauts Internet Academy

A game that teaches children the keys to a safe and correct use of internet. –> Visit site

In SPANISH:

En TIC confío

En TIC confío

Excellent portal of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia, to promote the safe use of ICT, with information and resources for youth and educators on all areas of danger. It includes a handy glossary of technical terms. –> Visit site

Menores OSI

Initiative of the Spanish  ”Internet User Security Office” it is centered on promoting Spanish  Internet safety culture among children. It contains educational resources organized by age groups for children and youth, and also for parents and educators. –> Visit site

Centro de Internet Segura

Centro de Internet Segura

The Center Web Internet Safety for children in Spain, whose main task is to ensure a safe environment for youngsters in the use of Internet, mobile telephony and information technology and communication. –> Visit site

Foro Generaciones Interactivas

Web from the Interactive Generations Forum, a nonprofit organization focused on the implementation and the responsible use of technology. It contains useful resources and teaching materials to educate children using the Internet and social networks. –> Visit site

Pantallas amigas

PantallasAmigas is an initiative whose mission is to promote safe and healthy use of new technologies and the promotion of responsible digital citizenship in childhood and adolescence. Information and numerous links that address the problem of all screens: internet,  mobile phones and video games. –> Visit site

 

About Zazu Unzueta

• Licenciada en Publicidad y Relaciones Públicas con 20 años de experiencia en marketing y creatividad. Últimamente, Madre 2.0 y creadora de contenidos didácticos //// Bachelor's Degree in Advertising & PR with 20 years of experience in marketing and creativity. Lately, Mother 2.0 and didactic content developer.

  1. Interesting article and it is something that I’ve written about myself recently (at http://ocrblogs.org.uk/author/bryantp/).

    I think there is a significant debate/uncertainty in the UK about where children should be taught about e-safety. There seems to be growing expectation that schools will take responsibility however I think there needs to be more onus on the role of parents, or at least for it to be seen as a partnership between schools and parents, and I liked the fact that your article highlighted both.

    I think the idea of partnerships is key. Parents need to be aware what is being learnt about this at school so they know what else they need to teach. I also think it’s important that messages received at school need to be reinforced at home, and vice-versa.

    • Thank you very much for your comment. Here in Spain there is a sort of awaking to e-safety and we have the same problem with the responsibility of its teaching. Is is not a curricular issue, and unfortunately many (quite a lot of) teachers do not have the knowledge nor the tools to teach the children well at school. So the teaching consists basically in guvernmental alerts and campaigns, and we the parents trend to think that is enough. I absolutely agree with you about the need of a partnership between parents and school. Now the problem is… How many parents have knowledge about e-safety to be able to teach our children?. Moreover: How many of us know enough about Internet and social media?

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