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May 17 Is National Cyber Safety Awareness Day

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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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Internet Safety for Kids Video Contest

Monday, February 7th, 2011

As cyberbullying and internet safety continues to be a big concern among parents, Trend Micro is sponsoring its second annual Internet Safety for Kids contest with partners such as Facebook, ConnectSafely, Common Sense Media, and Web Wise Kids. 

“What’s Your Story?” is a user-generated video contest about educating on “how  to stay safe when engaging in online activities, including texting, instant messaging, or social networking.”  Anyone over the age of 13 (including parents!) can enter the contest. 

The contest will launch on February 8 and will have three categories: Being a Good Online Citizen, Using a Mobile Phone Wisely, and Maintaining Online Privacy.  Individual and school entries will be awarded with prizes, but just one grand prize winner will receive $10,000.

Visit “What’s Your Story?” for more information about the contest and watch videos from last year’s winners.  You can also watch the video of the 2010 grand prize winner below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANx3UFjfUyE

More About Internet Safety on Parents.com

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