Information for Parents...

We keep our young ones in safe places – shallow wading pools and enclosed play spaces – carefully monitoring their activities.
We teach important safety skills and expectations for responsible behaviour.

As children grow, we allow them more freedoms, but still under conditions supporting safe and responsible behaviour. Continuously,
we discuss behavioural expectations, imposing limits and asking questions: where are you going, what are you doing, who are you
doing it with, how long will you be gone... Sometimes it may be necessary to enforce a consequence for failing to abide to our

But applying these real-world parenting strategies to our children and teens’ use of the cyber-world is proving to be difficult. We
ourselves may not know what virtual dangers to watch out for or how these menaces might appear on the Internet. We may even think
all these technological gadgets are effectively babysitting our children. Some may think that because our children are sitting at home
using the computer, they are safe and all is fine. On the other hand, you may think – or your teens have convinced you – that it is
necessary and appropriate to respect their privacy online and fail to understand that the websites on which they are posting material
are very public and may present some significant risks.

Kids and teens have no fear when it comes to exploring the nooks and crannies of new technologies and cyberspace activities.
No doubt, they can leave you behind in embracing these new online activities and emerging technologies.

As savvy as they may be about the cyber-world, there are still things they do not know about life and about making safe and
responsible choices. Yes, kids take risks…yes, they fail to recognize the possible negative consequences of certain actions…
As a parent, you are still the “life experiences and “risk management” expert….and an effective parent-child partnership to address
Internet and technlogical issues is essential.

external image 180868066_487011384f.jpg?v=0Contents on this page: Information for Parents
  • Video presentations
  • Sites & Links for Parents to Visit
  • Links to Articles, Factsheets, Handbooks, etc.
  • Final Thoughts and Pondering Questions

Video Presentations

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Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives
of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and
education to thrive in a world of media and technology.

  • Even if you think you’re clueless, you’re still your kid’s teacher.
  • Children learn from us -- not from what we say, but from what we do.
  • Good, safe online behaviour begins at home.

YouTube: A Common Sense Approach to the Internet
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0xh9uTEMg0&feature=player_embedded

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OnGuard Online: Stop, Think, Click provides practical tips from the
U.S. government and technology industry to help parents and children
be on guard against internet fraud, computer security, and how to
protect personal information.

You wouldn't hand over the car keys to your kids and tell them to go drive without
a lot of advance conversations and preparation... the same should be for you to
demonstrate appropriate use of technology and explaining our responsibilities
as digital citizens.

OnGuard Online: Stop, Think, Click
Source: http://www.onguardonline.gov/default.aspx

Sites and Links for Parents to Visit:

external image logo_e_small.jpg BeWebAware.ca covers safety tips for all age groups, K-12, and a "Know the Risks"
section on areas of cybersafety. There are links for reporting problems online. Affiliated with the Media Awareness Network,
BeWebAware is a Canadian public education program on Internet safety with resources for parents.
Source: http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/default.html

external image cybertip.jpg Cybertip.ca, owned and operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, is
Canada's national tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation of children. The organization contributes to public education
and prevention through online safety strategies and national awareness campaigns; examples are: Zoe and Molly Online,
Respect Yourself, The Door That's Not Locked, textED.ca campaign, Teatree Tells kit. Primarily for parents, in addition,
there are resources for educators.
Source: http://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/

external image CyberSmart_Logo.gif Cybersmart provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids,
teens and parents safely enjoy the online world. Cybersmart also offers training and resources for schools and materials
for library staff. Developed by the ACMA, the Australian Communications & Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the
Australian Government’s cybersafety program.
Source: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

external image safety_web.jpg SafetyWeb is a Web-based internet monitoring service for parents that makes it easier to protect the
reputation, privacy, and safety of their kids online. It provides parents with comprehensive online reports and parental alerts on their
child’s social networking activity and cellphone calls and text message activity. While nothing can replace the responsibility a parent
has to communicate with their child, SafetyWeb helps to ensure that parents know what their children are spending their time doing
online and aims to protect their child's reputation, privacy and safety.
Source: http://www.safetyweb.com/

external image 2_2_en-US_0_logo_ggs.pngThe Get Game Smartsite is designed to help families enjoy
video games and online media in ways that are safer, healthier and more balanced. It encourages parents and kids to
participate in a variety of both online and offline activities that will help them make smarter decisions about their family’s
media choices, while encouraging a dialogue between parents and kids through tasks like the PACT and the
“Do You Know Your Gamer?” quiz.
Source: http://www.getgamesmart.com/

external image blogger-masthead.jpgThe NetSmartz Workshop has a section for parents
and guardians. In addition, the Law Enforcement section contains information such as videos, presentations and tip
sheets if interested in arranging community workshops.
Source: http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents or http://www.netsmartz.org/LawEnforcement

external image onlinemom.jpg **The Online Mom** provides internet technology guidance and
information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behaviour and safely harness the power of technology
in the digital world. In addition, there are articles and timely advice on social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM &
texting, internet security, cyberbullying, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and educational software for kids 3-8, tweens
and teens and more. For information on digital citizenship, use the site's search box, entering digital citizen or digital
Source: http://www.theonlinemom.com/main_cmt.asp

external image getnetwise2.jpgGetNetWise is a public service put together by Internet industry corporations and public interest
organizations to help ensure families have safe, constructive and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise
coalition provides resources for parents to make informed decisions about their family's use of the Internet. For example,
GetNetWise has instructional how-to video tutorials to show parents and users how to keep their family's online experiences safe
and secure. Instructional videos range from setting a search engine to filter pornography in its search results to activating a computer's
security settings.
Sources: http://www.getnetwise.org or http://www.getnetwise.org/videotutorials/

Quick Links to Articles, Factsheets, Handbooks, etc.

  • Literacy With ICT is For Me: A Parent Handbook on Information and Communication Technology

  • Parent's Pledge to Raise a Responsible Digital Citizen

  • Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online

Final Thoughts and Pondering Questions...
We all want to keep our kids safe, but that won't happen if we create barriers and block device usage. Only when we empower them
to explore the virtual waters of the cyber world will they be keyed in to the pitfalls and advantages of social navigation across all platforms.
As parents...
1. Keep current with the technology your child uses.
2. Keep communicating about everything your child does with technology.
3. Keep checking. Help your child understand that the Internet is a public forum so they can safely navigate their online relationships
and reputation.

Questions to Ponder:
Should schools teach digital awareness and digital citizenship or should it be the parents' responsibility?

There are hundreds of thousands of sites, pages, blogs, wikispaces, nings, presentations and documents offering information and suggestions for parents.
This particular page tried to organize a collection...and yet so much more can be added...