Help Make Your Child Safe on the Internet

This week a member from a neighboring church emailed me to ask whether I knew of any Presbyterian resources to help make your child safe on the internet. I told him that I was going to a conference in Dover on February 9th, sponsored by Hearts and Minds Film of Wilmington, and Delaware Verizon, on Internet safety, and that I would get back to him.

It was a fabulous conference, attended by Governor Ruth Ann Minner,  and several other prominent Delaware leaders. I learned that Delaware has one of the most vigorous internet safety projects in the nation, and that there are ample resources locally and online to help you teach others how to keep kids Internet safe. This brief article shares some of what I learned. Stay tuned for more information in subsequent postings at CyberKen.

Delaware’s Attorney General, Beau Biden, recommended that you teach your children the following:

  • Don’t give out your personal information.
  • Never send a picture of yourself to someone you don’t know.
  • Always be careful of who you meet online.
  • Don’t agree to a face-to-face meeting with someone you met online without telling a parent first.
  • Neverdownload an E-mail attachment from an unknown source.

The Attorney General’s office lists the following helpful links for Internet safety:
www.safekids.org

www.safeteens.com

www.netsmartz.org

www.ikeepsafe.org

A savvy and lively Internet mom, Robin Raskin, was on the conference panel. She runs a helpful website for parents at: www.robinraskin.com.

Another great resource is i_Safe. i_Safe (http://www.isafe.org) runs an excellent Internet safety training program for community leaders who want to learn about Internet safety themselves and then teach others. It combines curriculum with activities for community outreach and youth empowerment. The teaching is done via online videos. Here are the steps to schooling yourself to train others:

1. Register at www.isafe.org.

2. Log on to ilearn.isafe.org using your iSafe user name and password. Click on “Create an Account.”

3. Watch the “Personal Safety” video in its entirety.

4. Submit an implementation plan to teach the “Personal Safety” lessons.

5. View the other videos in their entirety.

6. Submit an implementation plan as an i-Safe Certified Train-the-Trainer.

Well, that’s enough for now. Please stay tuned for more media literacy tips.

–TCDavis

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