If you are like most parents than you have kids or teens at home, also computers and internet. There seems to be no life without this now.
Both parents and children must use the internet for some purpose or the other. So why the need for internet safety rules?
Because you cannot cut off or live without computers and internet, but you can certainly have internet safety rules which will keep your child out of harm’s way.
Apart from being extraordinary tools for communication, shrinking the world like never before, linking people across the globe, it also offers users access to humongous amounts of information, and therefore is an invaluable tool both in the academic field as well as the business world.
However, like any other technology that can be misused, the Internet can also be a can also be a sleazy and dangerous place, especially for the most vulnerable group – teens and children.
4- Avoid scams
5- Be positive
As parents, we would no more allow our family to wander the Internet without some sort of supervision or control than we would allow them to wander in a big city without our supervision.
However, we need to balance that control with appropriate usage of this wonderful technology that puts the world at our fingertips. It is not realistic to simply turn off the Internet to our homes.
Our children are going to access the Web somewhere whether that be at a friend’s home, at our local library, or at school. There is great benefit to encouraging our children to access the Internet to complete their homework assignments, stay in touch with friends, or to keep up with politics, sports and other worthwhile activities.
YOU TUBE…. a service provided by Google that lets you upload or watch videos. Trust me, you can spend hours doing this. There are many videos that will interest you and you can search for a video related to pretty much anything under the sun. You can also choose to upload your own videos on the site and view other people’s comments and opinions on it.
GOOGLE EARTH….. You can view any location on the planet via a satellite image and see a real-time image from overhead. There is a lot of cool stuff to do online, and this is probably one of the best.
You can view your own city, your own street or you can see any place on the planet that you would like to go to. Its reach is unmatched, and it is hard to believe that you actually have the entire world at your fingertips.
SOCIAL NETWORK…..Another fun pastime is visiting social networking sites like Facebook, or Twitter. These platforms help you keep in touch with your friends, no matter what corner of the world they may be in.
This is one of the many cool things to do on the Internet today as everyone is connected with each other in some way. You can constantly see what your friends are up to and they can always feel like they know what is going on in your life.
MUSIC…. The best part about the Internet is the unlimited and extensive access to music. There are radio stations available that can be easily found, and you can hear various genres of online music from all around the world, sitting in your home. Any artist from any time is available at the click of a button, and this is a great way to spend a few hours for music lovers.
GAMES…..There are many fun games to play online as well that you can resort to in order to pass your time. There are specialized websites that exist over the Internet for this very purpose and it is very easy to find them and play their games online.
Your Digital Footprint Teaches kids that the internet is forever and once you do something online, it can’t be taken back!
If You Need Some More Information Please Check Out The Links I Have Provided…………
Net Smartz Kids…..The National Center for Missing and Exploited children volunteered an entire free website for children to learn all about safely using the Internet. The wonderful thing about NetSmartKids is that children will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning important lessons about their online safety.
ThinkuKnow Kids…a website to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
Woogi World….is a unique online community for young children in that the website serves as both a training ground for kids about how to be careful with online chatting, how to be safe when using computer technology and even how to use technology in a healthy way that promotes balance in that child’s life.
McGruff Games….Scruff McGruff is the crime fighting dog mascot of the National Crime Prevention Council, made most famous by a series of public service announcements that encouraged children to contact the agency for safety information.
DirectvDeals…Created a Kid’s TV Activity Guide to promote physical activity and health education for children. Follow Along With Rico and learn how to stay active while watching TV.
Student’s Internet Research Guide…. This guide teaches students how to effectively use the internet as a tool to aid them in fact -based research papers. Games are included throughout the guide to keep them engaged and having fun! The workbook can also be downloaded and/or printed so that it can be handed out.
The Internet is a wonderful, useful tool that we simply can’t afford to deny to your children, but you must know what you’re up against and to keep your children safe.
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