Thursday, March 02, 2006

Online Websites for Kid Internet Safety

Myspace and Xanga are not inherently evil just as books or computers or paper aren't. It is not the medium that is the problem but what is done with it.

When I was growing up the issue was "the mall." Kids were getting 'snatched' from "the mall." What a bad thing "the mall" was.

It wasn't the mall that was bad, it was the fact that kids were hanging out at the Mall unsupervised. Neither is Myspace or Xanga inherently evil. The fact that parents allow their kids to have accounts without providing any oversight -- that is the problem. Go to myspace or Xanga and search for your child. Ask them to show you what they are doing.

Predators lurk wherever kids congregate. Parents who love their children supervise their children.

In the meantime, I've compiled a great list of resources for Internet Safety for you!

Wired Safety
http://www.wiredsafety.org/

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
http://csriu.org/index.html

Playing it Safe
A webquest about Internet Safety for 6th Grade Computer Literacy
http://coe.nevada.edu/slefevre/playsafe.html

NetSmartz Workshop
http://www.netsmartz.org/

SafeKids.com
http://www.safekids.com/

CyberAngels
http://www.cyberangels.org/

FBI Publications - A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm

The Police Notebook - Kid Safety on the Internet
http://www.ou.edu/oupd/kidsafe/start.htm

KidsCom - Tips for Internet Safety and good manners!
http://www.kidscom.com/games/isg/isg.html

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