The Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. Kids who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world.But that access can also pose hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for “Lego.” But with just one missed keystroke, the word “Legs” is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — which is led him or her to see the things that he or she must not see.
Basic Rules To Protect Your Kids:
- Follow the rules you set, as well as those set by your Internet service provider.
- Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location. Use only a screen name. Never agree to meet anyone from a chat room or social media site in person.
- Never respond to a threatening email, message, post, or text.
- Always tell a parent about any communication or conversation that was scary.
- If your child has a new “friend,” insist on being “introduced” online to that friend.
We can describe ”digital Literacy” as an ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.
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