Monday, December 27th, 2010
With the increase in cyberbullying, parents are worried about how to protect their children from harmful messages on computers, cell phones, and smart phones.
To help parents understand the basics of the electronic world, the Federal Trade Commission has an amazing resource called “Net Cetera,” an online community toolkit with resources in both the English and Spanish languages.
For adults, the toolkit includes a short, straightforward book (“Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online”) that provides parents with a glossary on the latest technology terms and practical information on social networking, mobile devices, texting, cyberbullying, sexting, phishing, file sharing, and more. A CD is also included to help parents communicate with kids about being online.
For kids, the toolkit includes a “Heads Up: Stop Click Think” pamphlet that helps them understand the importance of safeguarding their online privacy. A DVD is also available to help kids stand up to cyberbullying and protect themselves.
Since it’s debut, the FTC has distributed 1 million copies of Net Cetera to schools and parents. Request a “Net Cetera” toolkit by mail order from ftc.gov today or print the guidelines from OnGuardOnline.com.
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