Posts filed under ‘Online Safety’
“The notion that predators are using the Internet as an L.L. Bean catalog, that’s not what’s happening.” — David Finkelhor, Study Author
The man who first brought us the staggering statistic that 1 in 7 children would be solicited online, David Finkelhor, is now reaching out to explain his data in context. In his most recent study, Finkelhor explains that the online world is no more dangerous than the offline world, and that the largest threat of child abuse comes from individuals kids know in real life, not online.
The entire article by Lenore Skenazy is worth a read because it is packed with useful information put into valuable context. From Skenazy’s piece:
“Is letting your kids go online the same as dropping them off at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop in fishnet stockings at 3 a.m.?
A lot of parents think it is. Or maybe worse. My husband and I took our time letting our oldest boy, who is 13, start his social networking, though that was because we were worried it was like dropping him off at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop to do his homework—we figured it would never get done. But the towering fear that the second a kid goes online he or she becomes cyberjailbait turns out to be way off base. According to new research, the danger online is teeny-tiny unless your kids are running into chat rooms, typing, “Anyone here like ‘em young?” and posting photos of themselves licking lollipops. Naked.”
We don’t want to begin to belittle the value of teaching kids to be smart, digital citizens and continuously monitoring their online activities; however, some context around popularly quoted statics is useful in considering the big picture and helping parents and companies make decisions and polices that are proactive in keeping kids safe online, not rooted in fear of misunderstood threats. Kid safety is our top priority at OneSeventeen Media, and we diligently seek out the most accurate information to share with our community while proactively working to create safe online spaces.
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London Free Press highlights the fact that of 3,000 grade 6, 7 and 8 students surveyed, 95% believe they know more about the Internet than their parents.
While the cartoon above is good for a laugh, It’s hard for parents to monitor their child’s online presence and set expectations when they do not know more about the tools than their tween. At OneSeventeen Media, we tend to agree with the tweens: many of them can out-tech their parents any day. This is one of the many reasons we’re excited to provide PlumbBrain to the tween market. We have the savvy and know-how to build the community kids want, but we’re also moms, dads and teachers; we understand the importance and necessity of creating safe places for youth to hang out online while teaching them skills to navigate their online and offline worlds successfully.
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Vicki Davis at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog often has great resources centered around learning, technology and kids. An example of the great content she shares is below from her post A Little Digital Citizenship Parent Brainstorming: Share Your Thoughts. I really appreciate her comprehensive approach to teaching digital citizenship and urging parents to keep up with their tech-savvy kids. Be sure you check out the blog to see the diagram in its entirety.