Keeping Your Children Safe Online
The internet offers a world of opportunities people of all ages are:
- Posting video from mobile devices
- Building online profiles
- Texting each other from their mobile devices
- Creating alter egos in the form of online avatars
- Connecting with friends online they don’t see regularly in person
- Sending photos to friends
- Broadcasting what they’re doing to hundreds of people
These ways of socializing and communicating can be fulfilling, and yet, they come with certain risks. Among them are:
The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.
Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.
You may be concerned that your kids could find pornography, violence, or hate speech online.
The Beekmantown Central School District has policies in place to protect you and your child from these risks and takes an active role in educating children about appropriate uses of the Internet. However we are only one part of your child's education. The other important part of that education comes from you, the parent.
You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate—online and off—and encouraging them to engage in conduct they can be proud of. We have provided the document below entitled, NET CETERA: Chatting with Kids About Being Online which is a resource developed by the Federal Government and the technology industry to help parents educate themselves as well as their children in a clear, easy to read format.
Additionally another document entitled, Heads Up: Stop. Think. Click. is great resource for helping kids learn why and how to stay safe online. This document is also available for download below.
Lastly, we encourage all parents to visit the links below which provide a wealth of information about the Internet for parents as well as many other practical guides.
- On Guard Online
Practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help people be on guard against internet fraud, secure their computers and protect their privacy.
- Stay Safe Online
The National Cyber Security Alliance seeks to create a culture of cyber security and safety awareness by providing knowledge and tools to prevent cyber crime and attacks.
- Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
- Get Net Wise
A project of the Internet Education Foundation, the GetNetWise coalition provides internet users the resources to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the internet.
- Protecting Against Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission’s website has information to help people deter, detect and defend against identity theft.