"For the most part, the Internet is a rewarding place for both kids and teens, but the potential risks to their privacy and personal safety are real. … being aware of the risks and engaging with your children about safety are the most important things you can do to keep your family safer online.” -- from the American Academy of Pediatrics
We’re excited about technology and all of the cool things it has to offer here in the children’s department – apps on our iPads, eBooks, and online educational databases. But, in this age of the Internet in your pocket, we also want to provide information to help you help your kids stay safe from images they may happen upon, personal information leaks, hurtful words and bullies, and those adults who don’t have your child’s best interest at heart.
The Carmel Clay Schools use Common Sense Media’s curriculum as a resource for digital citizenship education. To open the door for more discussion at home, ask your kids about what they’ve learned and check out the materials for yourself! As a bonus, you will find Common Sense Media provides great review sources for apps, websites, movies and more.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also created a helpful list of online safety awareness links which include parent tips and information from multiple organizations. Some very helpful stuff.
Drop in at the library to find a wide variety of resources to help you learn more about online safety and discuss its importance with your children. A few items are highlighted below, but our librarians are happy to show you other titles available.
By engaging with technology with your children, discussing online risks regularly, and establishing clear technology usage guidelines for your family, you will lead the way with your kids so technology opens great doors.