Teach My Child about Internet Safety?

The Internet provides us with a wealth of information and entertainment at our fingertips, but parents and children need to be aware of what lurks in cyberspace.

Many our students participate in social networking sites such as MySpace.com, Facebook.com and Xanga.com. Students should take precaution not to share personal information such as their age, sex or location.

Teaching Internet Safety needs to be like OXYGEN, ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible

Parents or caregivers, educators, government officials, law enforcement, and youth organizations that want to learn more about the Internet and the possible dangers to children online can visit www.NetSmartz.org.

What is cyberbullying, exactly?

"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. (Information from www.stopcyberbullying.org)