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Top 2011 Internet Safety Sites
Internet safety is a difficult topic to discuss with children.
It's important to keep a child's sensitivities in mind - you really don't want to expose them to all of the possibilities and excessiving scare a child. On the other hand, you don't want to fail in your responsibility as an educator or a parent by not making them aware of the dangers that exist online.
Thankfully, there are a long list of people on the Internet that feel that children's online safety is important enough, that they are willing to offer many free resources toward the cause.
In a publication at Free Technology for Teachers, writer Richard Byrne covers a list of some of the best websites to teach children - in a sensitive way - about the dangers that exist on the web.
One of the best sites listed is actually one that's focused on girls, and sponsored by the Girl Scouts and Microsoft. The website is called LMK Life Online
, and it is devoted to using articles, videos and lessons to teach young girls about the existence of online predators, and what they can do to avoid them.
Another great resource actually comes from Google, called the Google Family Safety Center
. While it sounds like some sort of computer filtering software, it's actually not. The Center is a place for parents to learn how to use the safety tools offered by Google in order to prevent children from accidentally stumbling on inappropriate sites, or how to enable safety mode on YouTube.
Other valuable sites lised by Byrne includes an ebook called Own Your Space
that really goes into detail about threats to data as well as privacy, an interactive site for younger children called Webonauts Academy
offered by PBS Kids, and the website A Thin Line
produced by MTV that targets teenagers and young adults.
The goal of all of these resources is to present the idea of online safety to kids in a way that isn't patronizing or boring, but at the same time getting the message across in a strong way. Check out all of Byrne's selections at Free Technology for Teachers
February 18, 2012 by Ryan Dube
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