Being a parent has never been easy. But being a parent in today’s 24/7 high-tech world has never been more challenging. While computer use and Internet access open new doors of exploration for children around the world, that very same technology exposes them to risks never experienced by previous generations. B.A.C.E. offers some resources and helps identify the role of parents in providing Internet safety for kids.
Defining Today’s Parental Role & Responsibilities
One of the most comprehensive resources a parent can tap into to define their role and responsibility about their children’s internet use is provided in a multi-part series by the Pew Research Center. It explores how minors use the internet, and the critical role parents play in monitoring and controlling their access to the world wide web. A brief synopsis of a few parts of the series, well worth a parental read:
- Teens, Kindness & Cruelty On Social Media Sites—provides parents with a statistical analysis of how various child age groups use the Internet, how much time they spend on it, where they go and how minors act in this new age of digital citizenship. The message here—to understand how to communicate with your child about their Internet use, you as a parent need to educate yourself as to what they are doing when surfing the ‘net.
- Acknowledgments—provides parents with an idea of how this detailed study was put together and the resources used to compile this illuminating look at how young people use the Internet.
- Introduction—examines the social and emotional climate teens experience when they interact with others online. Topics covered including everything from budding youth romances to open hostility and Internet bullying. Has your teen had sudden mood swings or never before seen behavioral issues? It could be something triggered by an online experience.
- Teens & Social Networks—as parents you need to know that you are not the only ones online. You have more in common with your kids when it comes to the Internet than you might think. While 78 percent of adults use the Internet on a daily basis, your kids are on it more than adults. This study indicates that a full 95 percent of children ages 12-17 are online frequently.
- Privacy & Safety Issues—it’s important for parents to understand the risks their kids are potentially exposed to while online, and the risks kids take—like falsifying age and personal information to pass themselves off as something they are not.
- The Role of Parents in Digital Safekeeping and Advice-Giving—now we’re getting to the heart of the matter of what it is parents should and should not be doing when it comes to their responsibilities governing their children’s use of the Internet.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee moms and dads, and take the time to read each part of this Pew Center Report. It’s one of the most credible and comprehensive vignettes of information a parent can access. Once you log on to the link above, simply scroll down to the bottom of each section of the report and hit the advance page blocks to access subsequent sections of this extensive White Paper.
There are other sources of help for parents about defining their roles in providing internet safety for children, as well.
The Child Development Institute offers parents some common sense and practical guidelines about their parental roles by covering topics such as:
- Internet dangers parents need to know about.
- Signs that your teen may be in trouble online.
- What to do if your child runs into trouble online.
- The Internet and Children—How Young Is Too Young?
- Easy ways to stay involved in your child’s Internet use.
- Internet safety rules to establish with your child.
- What to do when your child won’t follow your rules for the internet.
The Spruce offers an informative blog (A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety) about the importance of parental communication with kids about the Internet. This article takes parents beyond installing software that is capable of filtering out inappropriate content and blocking inappropriate sites minors might attempt to access—and it cautions parents to keep their radar up.
Common Sense Media offers parents six subject areas that will help them define their parental roles and what to be aware of about their children’s internet practices. Topics here include:
- How to protect your kid’s privacy online.
- How do I keep my kid safe on the internet?
- What are the best privacy settings for computers and smartphones?
- Seven reasons parents should care about kids and online privacy.
- Here’s the secret to raising a safe, smart kid.
- Easy free browser hacks to make the Internet safe for your kid.
These resources help define the role parents need to play in today’s digital world. And they include resources and valuable information to help parents do just that.
Special Note: Experian estimates that approximately 25 percent of children will fall victim to identity theft before adulthood. Unfortunately, children may be unaware that some seemingly harmless activities can further jeopardize their identities while traveling.
Million Mile Secrets has created this guide, “Protect Your (and Your Children’s) Identity When You Travel,” in order to discuss:
- How Certain social media and internet use can put a child’s identity at risk while traveling
- What precautions should be taken to keep a child’s identity secure
- Which steps to take if your child’s identity is stolen
You can view the guide here: https://millionmilesecrets.com/guides/protect-your-and-your-childrens-identity-when-you-travel/