Parent U Internet Safety Series
A FREE Service provided by NCESD Crisis Management Co-Op and Network Services for member Districts “Keeping our children safe on the Internet”
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The Internet is a wonderful resource that provides our children with research material for the learning projects they are assigned at school. At the same time, it poses unknown dangers to them as they explore web sites and share information on social networks. These online videos will help parents understand the importance of paying attention to what their children are doing on the Internet when they are using computers, cell phones, tablets and even gaming consoles. Parents will also receive guidance about setting “ground rules” with their children on using devices online.
These five videos provide an overview of the Internet and the ways in which our children are using it. They introduce parents to information that they need about social media, cyberbullying, sexting and more. Parents will gain insights and ideas on how to talk to their children about staying safe online. Originally created by ESD 112, this program is now available to NCESD member Districts.
Parent U Internet Safety Video Series Titles
● Today’s Technology: What’s New With Mobile Apps
In an age of mobile technology, kids are surrounded by an ever-changing landscape of apps. Which are most popular? Which ones are just catching on? Learn about the features and functions of tools your children use on a daily basis…or soon will!
● On The Move: Kids and Mobile Devices
What are your kids using their mobile phone for? Are they using it to share their location? What are they saying about others? Learn the issues and risks your children take when using their mobile devices, and provide guidelines for safe use.
● Cyberbullying: A Child’s Nightmare
About 1/3 of teens have been bullied online. Kids use social networking sites, cell phones and other technologies to start a rumor, send a photo or forward a message, but it can easily spiral out of control. Learn about cyberbullying, and be prepared to take action if this happens to your child.
● Digital Footprints: Forever There
Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users; Twitter has 134 million per day. Instagram has 700 million users and Snapchat 166 million. Many of these users are children who don’t know the dangers of sharing too much information. Help your child learn to avoid the mistake of exposing risky or too much information when using social media sites and other online technologies.
● Sexting: A False Sense of Popularity
Kids send inappropriate pictures of themselves to friends due to peer pressure, but don’t realize the risks to themselves and others when sexting. Once it’s online, it’s out of their control. Learn the risks of sexting with regard to privacy, cyberbullying, legal actions, and the impact on your child’s future.
Ideas for Sharing Parent U
- Distribute flyers to parents at Back-To-School Night, have available in the office, etc.
- Invite parents to school for a special screening of a video and have counselors lead a discussion
- Share videos at PTA events
These five videos provide an overview of the Internet and the ways in which our children are using it. They introduce parents to information that they need about social media, cyberbullying, sexting and more. Parents will gain insights and ideas on how to talk to their children about staying safe online.
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