Just as we keep the roof patched on our house, provide warm coats and mittens, and try to get our children to eat a balanced diet, when it comes to children online, it is our obligation to first provide a safe environment. A good start is this 10-Minute guide for beginners, provided by *Get Safe Online:
"If you do nothing else, read this
This article contains a high level checklist of main actions that you need to take to protect your computer and key advice about protecting yourself from online criminals. It is a starting point, not a substitute for visiting the rest of the site."
As a parent and grandparent, I would also encourage regularly checking sites like Microsoft Canada's At Home site where these articles are currently highlighted:
|Online safety tips for kids ages 5 to 6|
|Are your kids addicted to the Internet?|
|Online safety tips for kids ages 2 to 4|
A "must read" is Be Web Aware, The Be Web Aware project is a joint project sponsored by Bell Canada and Microsoft Canada and includes a wealth of information for families. The currently indexed topics are linked below with the references.
In the little over a year that I have been maintaining this blog, I have compiled quite a few other references for parents. They are all labeled "child safety" and are included in the references.
Please "Be Web Aware" and keep your children safe online.
- Hat tip to Nellie2 for the information on Get Safe Online.
- Be Web Aware:
Violent or hateful content
Report online problems
- Resources for Parents, Teachers and Young People
- Microsoft Canada, Security at Home
- Security Garden Child Safety Articles