I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America regarding internet safety. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
The internet can be a wonderful thing. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can find a wealth of information on pretty much any topic you can imagine. However, the ease with which you can find that information comes with the risk of material appearing on the screen which you do not want. Or, you can experience bullying on social media sites. Any which way you look at it, internet safety is a topic that all parents need to consider as part of their parenting.
June is Internet Safety Month and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is working to get the word out about keeping your kids safe while online.
While I have had limited first hand experience with the Boys & Girls Club of America, I do have friends who utilize their services on a regular basis. My boys never felt comfortable attending afterschool clubs as they do not like situations where they do not know anyone else attending. However, we were blest with the ability to attend a homeschool cooperative learning group which was held at BGCA sites on the local military base. One of those semesters of learning even had a few of the BGCA employees leading physical education for the kids. You could really see that the adults working there had the kids best interests at heart and loved to provide positive learning experiences for them.
I was surprised on a few of the topics. I’ve insisted on being friends with the boys on Facebook, but haven’t taken the time to Google their name and see what might be ‘out there’ in cyberspace. And, I hadn’t considered how their Facebook pages are set up to maintain more privacy. As I do not want to ban all use of the internet, I need to stay vigilant and up to date on ways to help keep the boys safe.
Completing the quiz brings you to a screen where you can share about the quiz on social media for a chance to win an iPad mini and $500 gift card or be one of 100 who receive a Cyber Survivor t-shirt. How awesome is that?
Beyond the quiz, you will find lots of tips and ideas for sparking discussion with your kids on the topic of cyber bullying, cell phone usage, social networking, and online privacy. Even the well meaning child who thinks they are being safe while online could be opening themselves up to a negative experience. And, many kids may not realize how a seemingly innocent photo or comment online could damage their reputation.
It is up to the parent or guardian to ensure they learn how to be online and not suffer ill consequences. Visiting the Cyber Safe Futures website is a great way to start that process. You just might learn a few things to implement yourself for internet safety!
What steps do you take to make the internet a safer place for your family?
Have you visited the Cyber Safe Futures website already? What did YOU learn??
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