FOR INTERNET SAFETY FOR YOUR KIDS
Internet sites like MySpace.com
make it easy for kids to connect with other kids. They also make it easier for predators to connect with them. But for tired Beyonders, the Internet provides a time of respite. While the young person is on the computer,
he is not making demands or noise (or even breathing loudly.)
It is okay to allow kids computer
time, with one watchword : MONITOR—not the kind attached to the computer,
the kind that requires us to check in on them periodically.
Kids post personal information
on sites like MySpace. Sometimes they upload their pictures. It is a dangerous place for them to be unsupervised.
EDUCATE THE KIDS ABOUT INTERNET DANGERS
ASK FOR THEIR WEB ADDRESS AND LOG IN NAMES, ETC. SO YOU HAVE ACCESS
TO THEIR SITES AND CAN KEEP AN EYE ON CONTENT
HAVE CLEAR ( AND CONSISTENT) RULES ABOUT INTERNET USE AMD CONSEQUENCES ( ALSO CONSISTENT) FOR VIOLATING THEM
USE PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE.
AND, WHEN YOU DO CHECK OUT
THEIR SITES, HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF “INTERNET SPEAK”
BRB: be right back---used for phone and/or bathroom breaks
BBL8R: be back later
BFO: blinding flash of
obvious ---like well duh
CTN: Can’t talk now.—used
when you enter the room
5: Wait . Don’t say anything. There’s someone else ( you) in the room
55: All clear
IMHO: In my humble opinion
( not heard often—teens are not all that humble)
PDA: Public display of affection.—as in “ she was all over him. PDA”
For more info, go to MySpace.com’s
WHAT IS A BLOG?
The newest thing to hit the Internet is the personal blog. I have two. They're
fun ways to communicate. BLOG is short for "web log" and is a kind of journal--frequently updated and meant for the public.
Kids love blogs. But here are a few tips for kids safety ( taken from Blogsafety.com)
Safe Blogging Tips for Teens
- Be as anonymous as possible. Avoid postings that could enable a stranger
to locate you. That includes your last name, the name of your school, sports teams, the town you live in, and where you hang
- Protect your info. Check to see if your service has a "friends" list that
allows you to control who can visit your profile or blog. If so, allow only people you know and trust. If you don't use privacy
features, anyone can see your info, including people with bad intentions.
- Avoid in-person meetings. Don't get together with someone you "meet" in
a profile or blog unless you are certain of their actual identity. Although it's still not risk-free, if you do meet the person,
arrange the meeting in a public place and bring some friends along.
- Photos: Think before posting. What's uploaded to the Net can be downloaded
by anyone and passed around or posted online pretty much forever. Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you (for
example, when they're searching for your high school), especially sexually suggestive images. Before uploading a photo, think
about how you'd feel if it were seen by a parent/grandparent, college admissions counselor, or future employer.
- Check comments regularly. If you allow them on your profile or blog, check
them often. Don't respond to mean or embarrassing comments. Delete them and, if possible, block offensive people from commenting
- Be honest about your age. Membership rules are there to protect people.
If you are too young to sign up, do not attempt to lie about your age. Talk with your parents about alternative sites that
may be appropriate for you