One of the most important steps that you as a parent can take to help your child grow up in a digital world is to understand what s/he is doing online. Cybersmart has provided this 10-question quiz for you to test your knowledge about what your children are doing in their digital world. There are also useful tips and strategies to learn along the way.
Parents Guide to Online Safety
Cybersmart also provides “A Guide to Online Safety” a series of short videos to help you work with your child/ren so they have safe and positive experiences online. Topics of the videos include:
- Parenting online
- Cyberbullying and unwanted contact
- Protecting personal information
- Sexting and inappropriate content
- eCommerce and eSecurity
You can choose the videos that are relevant and/or of interest to you. You can also access and print tips sheets and information sections with links to a number of educational resources.
WebWise Kids Parent Guides
WebWise Kids also has many Parent Resources to help you stay informed about child/ren’s online activities and behaviours. For example, this link will step you through how to check a computer’s history. http://www.webwisekids.org/pdf/WWK_Checking_Computer_History-Final.pdf
This link will help you to disable geo-location on your child’s mobile phone. http://www.webwisekids.org/pdf/Handout_for_Geotagging.pdf
Get Game Smart
GetGameSmart.com is part of Microsoft’s campaign to provide parents with tools and resources to manage their children’s gaming and entertainment experiences. It aims to:
… help families enjoy video games and online media in ways that are safer, healthier and more balanced.
The site has tips on understanding your child’s online gaming habits, setting boundaries on gaming behaviour, choosing the right video games for your family and much more.