Internet safety has become increasingly important over the past several years as you hear about cyber bullies, child abductions, and internet related molestation cases. As a parent, the idea of giving my kids free use of the internet scares me to death. My kids are still young, with my oldest being in kindergarten, but the world is a different place than the one I grew up in. I can already tell that in a few years, my almost 6 year old will likely know more than me about the computer. Internet safety has to be a priority if you want to keep your kids safe in this crazy world we live in.
As a family, we keep our computers in a central place and my kids are not allowed on the internet unsupervised. As my kids get older, and most likely smarter than I am, it is going to be essential to teach them how to be safe online.
NS Teens, a internet safety education website created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is working to educate parents and teens about internet safety. NS Teens goes beyond the basics of not meeting strangers offline and talks about additional issues such as cyber bullying and the offline consequences of your online profile and what it says about you to college admissions officers, potential employees, and coaches.
The internet plays a major roll in our lives today but it is so important to teach teens to be smart about their online activities to stay safe.
Thanks to Mom Central for sharing this great resource for teens with us.