May 17 Is National Cyber Safety Awareness Day

Boy looking at computerYour growing child’s cyber safety is important everyday, but take some time today to think more about safeguarding his or her interaction with others online.

Parents must be vigilant in watching what their kids consume online.  Make sure your child isn’t stumbling across questionable photos, traumatic news, and any other content that are more suitable for mature audiences.  GoGoNews.com is a new site dedicated to providing and sharing kid-friendly news while Net Cetera is a goverment-funded resource (online and print) that can help parents understand the changing internet landscape.

Visit Kidzui.com to download a free web browser designed just for kids that filters out adult content or try out United Parents Protection Service, a free software that will help parents monitor their children’s internet usage.

Also, keeping an eye on your kids may help you spot any potential signs of cyberbullying,  a growing trend of online bullying.  My Mobile Watchdog is an app that can help prevent cyberbullying from escalating.

Other resources from Parents.com to protect your kids:

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    On May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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    In the workshops I teach, I encourage the use of a more robust Parental Intelligence System, like the one at http://www.kid411.info.

    This is an important topic and needs all the coverage it can get.

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