In an effort to gain insight into consumer behaviors and perceptions about online safety, Yahoo! partnered with Ipsos OTX to conduct an 18-minute online survey, with interviews conducted from April 16-21, 2010. 2003 respondents were recruited via Ipsos OTX's internet panel.
What they found is parents are taking action, especially dads:
- 70% of parents talk to their kids about online safety 2-3 times a year; 45% talk once a month
- 74% of parents are connected to the profiles of their children on social networking sites
- 71% of dads (compared to 63% of moms) are taking at least one action, including having conversations about respecting the privacy of others
- 53% of dads plug the names of their children into search engines at least 2-3 times a year (compared to 38% of moms)
FIVE EASY WAYS YOU CAN KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ON THE WEB
- Own your digital reputation
- Keep your private information under your control
- Be nice (and pass it on)
- Know your rights
- Have a family chat
So, what is cyber-bullying? It is bullying done through e-mail, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, Web sites, online personal polling Web sites. It is done by kids deliberately and repeatedly and is used by an person or group with the intention of harming other kids and teens. Doing this online is easy because the bully can remain anonymous, with no fear of consequences! Be aware: if your child is the cyber-bully, you can be held financially responsible for mental and emotional harm your child causes another child.
The internet offers a world of opportunity to communicate and socialize with others, but there are certain risks, such as: inappropriate conduct, contact and content. You can start early with teaching your children about protecting themselves - as a parent, you have the first opportunity to talk to them about what's important before anyone else does and research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents! Keep communication with your kids open by initiating conversations and talking with them about your values - it's the best way to keep them safe.
I have a 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter who are just now beginning to use the family computer (specifically, the Internet) for school homework and projects. As their wish to use this medium increases, so has my knowledge increased in regards to keeping them safe online. There is so much information "out there" that's it's easy to become over-whelmed. Do you agree? What are you doing to keep track of your kids?You can find the full article on www.writingtosanity.com, where it was originally posted during National Internet Safety Month (June 2010) as a contribution to the Yahoo! Mother Board.
Yahoo! Safely: Safety site operated by Yahoo! that offers distinct resources and links for teens and parents, as well as informative content from safety experts including Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely and WiredSafety. Yahoo! is a longtime leader on child safety and commits to helping foster a safer online environment.
COPPA: The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
Cyberbully NOT: A parent's resource.
Love Our Children USA: Keeping children safe and strengthening families.
Michele Borba: 10 Secrets to Stay Connected - Even Civil - With Your T(w)een
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Special Feature on Internet Safety
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