Although there are many game websites for kids, free educational games and other fun and safe online kids activities, children search for adventures and don’t limit themselves to a webzone for children. Thus when they start surfing the web, kids as young as 13 may be easily caught up by that source of dizzy and endless entertainment called “social networks.” Everything would be fine if the question of safety did not come up…
While special measures are taken to protect young players on kids games websites, in the harsher online world of adults, kids are left on their own. Maybe now things will change for the better, at least by a little bit.
“Facebook is teaming up with the National PTA to teach children, parents and teachers about responsible Internet use,” reads the announcement at the PTA’s national convention in Memphis as reported on Newsfactor.com. As the president of the National PTA (Parent-Teacher Association, www.pta.org) believes, the partnership will “provide parents … with the knowledge, tools and resources … to keep their children safe.”
Driving Kids parents, a small question to you: how would you explain online safety rules for social networks to your kid? What would you tell them about online behavior, potential risks and hidden traps? What are the strict do’s and don’ts?
Or if you’re not sure of the answers, or seek advice on cell phone safety, for example – check out the PTA’s advice on online kids safety. Let’s make the digital world safer for our kids!