We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety. The guide includes online safety tips for children less than five years of age all the way up through teenage years.
As the Internet has become common in our children’s lives at all ages, it has introduced the possibility of pornography, sexual advances, and cyberbullying threats. MoneySavingPro is a company that provides advice on products and services to consumers. It wrote the guide with parents in mind, but the guide is also useful for charities and library who work with children and need to make sure they are safe.
The new guide cites the following U.S. Department of Justice stats:
Find out about tools like white lists and parental control settings to keep the children your organization looks after as safe as possible online. Check out the new Internet Safety for Kids Guide.
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I was ready to share this resource... and then read the first line of the article: "Unless you're a Millennial or younger, you grew up in an era when the home was the safest place for kids to be." In fact, children are most at risk for abuse *at home.* That is how it was before the Internet, and that is how it is now in our Internet age. The article says "The majority of encounters with sexual predators - 76% - begin in online chat rooms." The majority of ONLINE encounters may be in chat rooms, but the majority of encounters with sexual predators, overall, comes OFFLINE: via a family member, a friend of the family, a youth group, a neighbor, and on and on. Yes, absolutely, there are risks on the Internet, and parents need to be aware of them. But this articles implications are, in many ways, terribly misleading.
The National Center for MIssing and Exploited Children has excellent, free information for parents and for parents to use with children regarding safety - online and offline. I find them far superior to the resource by MoneySavingPro: www.missingkids.com/.../Safety
Jane, thanks for telling us about the National Center for MIssing and Exploited Children content. Charities can use all the info and resources possible on this topic. Jim
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