As a mother of a soon to be teenage girl, I worry that she may get herself into something not so comfortable or dangerous online. She is a smart girl. Yet, I remember what it was like to be a teenager. Somehow, teenagers think they are indestructible and parents are annoyingly overprotective. Parents don’t get it.
Today, I found this website, SocialSafety.org, which has a lot of great information about online safety.
The website offers a free safety package available for download or by mail (US residents only).
Another online resource is WiredSafety.
Here is an online Teen Chat Decoder.
Helping your kids blog safely on CBS News online.
From what I have read about MySpace, I will be keeping my kids off of it. Here is a quote that is more than a little scary. Read the full article on Wired.com here.
I confirmed 744 sex offenders with MySpace profiles, after an examination of about a third of the data. Of those, 497 are registered for sex crimes against children.
Careful monitoring of kids on social network sites is important. Better yet, the kids should stay off these kinds of sites and use a phone like in the old days.