Are your children on the internet?
Blogging and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace are everywhere these days. These tools are used for discussions, political campaigns, school, and so much more. Most of our students use social networking sites and chat rooms to meet people online. These sites allow students to create profiles where ANYONE can contact your child through a type of message board. These sites also allow teens to post pictures of themselves and share personal information such as email and phone numbers. These sites have rules about how old a user has to be and what sort of information is allowed to be shared BUT there is often little or no enforcement.
At Westside Global Awareness Magnet, we discuss the dangers of these websites with students during our technology orientation. Chat rooms and message boards are not allowed at school. Please be sure to monitor your child's internet use at home. Make sure that they are being safe. For more information you can contact Dr. Singer, our Magnet Coordinator, Mr. Drew our Counselor or your child’s teacher.
• Facebook Safety Center - You don't have to be a member (but it's a good idea to "friend" your child if they are on FB) to learn about basic Facebook safety.
• Facebook Newsletter for Parents - from Stanford University's Persuasive Technology Lab.
• Internet Safety Facebook - from surfnetkids.com, read articles discussing many different uses and safety issues with FaceBook. Click on the rest of the site. There are loads of resources for parents and kids.
• Cyberbullying Research Center - The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
• Google Family Safety Center - Google offers safety tools, tips for parents and much more.
• Stop Cyberbullying.org - Learn the signs. Learn the law. Find out what you can do for prevention and much more.
• National Crime Prevention Council, Cyberbullying - Many, many resources can be found on this site including information on other types of internet abuse and crime.
• Internet Safety Cyber Bullyng - from surfnetkids, many articles on cyber bullying with plenty of tips for parents.