SafetyClicks – Online Safety Tips
October 2, 2008
My TiVo DVR broke about 2 weeks ago. Operating without it has driven home how much I rely on it to give my kids the freedom to choose what they want to watch among an array of good choices. And TV is easy – delivering such freedom safely is far more complex when dealing with the other online services that are an integral part of our kid’s lives today.
How do we achieve the right balance of freedom and oversight when our kids are on-line? At what point should our younger children be able to use protected chat modes when they play on Club Penguin and other gaming sites? How should we approach managing their use of youtube – which is wildly popular (especially among boys today)? When should our kids have social networking accounts, and what do we need to do to make sure their personal information is protected?
One site I believe is doing a good job in highlighting the confusing array of things we need to think about is the SafetyClicks site run by AOL. I like the fact that the site addresses an array of devices, and that it is written to highlight concerns that would be relevant to the kids themselves.
Do you use SafetyClicks? Post comments to let us know how you ensure your kids have the right balance of freedom and oversight online (whether they are mobile or not).