Sunday, February 15, 2009

Protecting Our Children Online

As a mother of three, Internet safety is a huge worry of mine. As much as we think we as parents know, there is always more to learn. And sharing what we learn with our children and empowering them to protect themselves goes a long way in keeping them safe.

Perhaps the most trusted source for safety information, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has developed NSTeens (a branch of their site NetSmartz) to help educate, engage, and empower kids as Internet users.

Through comics, videos, and bios of seven, teen, animated characters, NSTeens teaches kids about the consequences that online actions can have in the offline world. It also covers the topics of social networking and cyberbullying.

Here is one video from the site, titled "Post To Be Private," that shows why setting a social profile to "private" is only one step towards staying safe:

The interactive comic, How Much Is Too Much?" uses colorful animation and catchy tunes to get the message across that what kids do online can also affect their offline life. In a world where young kids often feel invincible, this message is so important.

Click on over to NSTeens today and share their tools and information with your kids. Here's to protecting our children!


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