The family computer poses a risk not just to you, but to your kids too. Identity theft, scams and God forbid, pedophiles are all risks that our children face every time they log on to a computer so it is important that we teach our kids online safety.
The Federal Trade Commission has been on the front lines of this fight with the Online-Onguard program for years now but it really wasn’t targeted toward kids safety. There is a new program that the FTC has implemented in conjunction with Online-Onguard called NetCetera which focuses on educating our kids on online safety.
NetCetera is targeted toward adults to help them talk to the kids around them about Privacy, etiquette and safety in an online world, not just computers but Cellphones. It gives tips on explaining to kids what the risks are, how to identify them, how to avoid them and steps for kids to take when they think that they may be subjected to them.
Some of the topics covered:
is available in a 56 page book including a glossary of internet terms and a listing of Resources to help parents teach kids about online safety. If you are a parent or educator this is a must have tool in teaching our kids how to stay safe. You can order NetCetera materials for free from the Federal Trade Commission.
But risks to our children are the same as risks to ourselves. We can teach them to lower their risk but the risk never goes away.