If we allow our sons and daughters to play kids games online, this most likely means more than just kids games websites are visited. Sooner or later, curiosity most likely brings kids to explore other online services. Both good and bad may come of kids’ communication online. Are you ready to sort it all out?
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…
If after playing kids’ online games your child asks you for a certain kind of candy, cereal or similar product, hurry up and make sure what online game your kid is playing. Every online game for kids may be educational, of course: the question is what exactly things kids are taught while playing!
“UC Davis public health researchers have found that children … are the targets of a new medium used to sell high-fat, high-sugar foods: advergames,” we find out from Science Centric.
Social network services are popular among the adults, but should it be the same for kids? According to Retrevo.com report “Parenting and Social Media,” social networks are not for kids of pre-school and early school age: only 8% of respondents marked the age of 12 and lower as appropriate time to join social media.
Never before children have so many online activities. The other side of the medal is a necessity to monitor kids’ virtual actions. It’s time to talk about new strategy of parenting which cover the Internet issue, and the talking is initiated well by Joan Goodchild in the article for PCWorld.com.
The author brings up vital issue: “what is the right balance of freedom and guidance?”
When kids play, they have to play fair. Internet as a playful and useful tool for kids has to be a place of fair play! Or kids will never define who’s the true winner
Rules of using of the Internet by kids occur in many families, and the Obama’s is not an exception. Barack and Michelle Obama “have certain rules for their daughters when it comes to using the Internet,” we read in The Times of India.
This week many of us interested in online games and kids’ leisure online might hear about South Korea. No fresh turnabout of cyber money exchanging for cash (we wrote about it here), but the new policies aimed to limit online games’ playing among children in night hours.
As The Korean Herald informed the world, in the second part of 2010 “pair of policies … will attempt to block underaged access to online computer games” in South Korea. These two measures are “shutdown” and “slowdown.”
Good news for parents and caregivers who live in the United States – especially for those who live close to Tiverton (Rhode Island). Because on the 12th of April at the Tiverton High School Library, a free event focused on kids’ online safety will take place.
As The Herald News informs us, the event “Keeping Our Kids Safe” is aimed at making parents “better informed of the risks that accompany Internet and cell phone use and focus on keeping kids safe in the online world.”
As our colleagues from safekids.com report, the computer security firm Trend Micro launched a “What’s your story” video contest “where the person who submits the best short video (no more than 2 minutes) can win $10,000.”
In this day and age, all of the tips concerning kids’ online safety are very well-founded. So we would like to keep you informed about new ones, even if you’re already ready to write a new volume of Encyclopedia Britannica about kids’ online safety.
“38 percent of respondents ages 12 to 14 said they had an online profile,” Dr. Bob Wilmott, chief of pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center (St. Louis, Missouri, USA), noted in his article “Parents should monitor kids’ time online,” published in St. Louis Today.