As kids grow up, parents must have many important conversations with them. It seems like every age and stage brings forth a new dialogue and conversation that needs to be had. Thanks to Google and Be Internet Awesome, one of those conversations just got a lot easier. Whether kids are using a computer, tablet or a cell phone, they need to be aware of how to be a responsible digital citizen. Luckily, there are some great resources to help them do just that.
My kids are 10 and 9 and at this age they use the computer and internet quite often. Of course, they do so under my supervision, but my husband and I know that will not always be the case. In order for kids to take advantage of all the Internet has to offer, they need learn to make smart decisions. We would like to teach them how to manage the internet in a responsible, age appropriate manner and the resources from Be Internet Awesome really help. Be Internet Awesome is a free resource that teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can confidently explore the Internet.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 is Safer Internet Day (SID) and it is the perfect time for parents and educators to join together to create a better internet for everyone. Come together for a better internet with your family by using Be Internet Awesome starting with the program’s NEW Family Guide and then encourage your kids to put their skills to the test with Interland.
If you kids participate in online gaming, they will love Interland. Interland is an online adventure that teaches key lessons of digital safety by using four fun and challenging games. This hands on practice really makes learning the lessons something that kids want to do.
The Family Guide is a resource that can help your entire family learn about online safety. The guide contains lessons and talking points to help you in your family discussions.
There are five keys to learning to Be Internet Awesome:
Smart – Share with Care
- Learn to communicate responsibly online and treating online communication like real world communication.
- Keep personal details about friends and family private.
- Discover what communication is appropriate and what is inappropriate.
Alert – Don’t Fall for Fake
- Talk about how things online aren’t always what they seem.
Strong – Secure Your Secrets
- Maintaining personal privacy and security are important online.
- Learn how to safeguard valuable information so that reputations, relationships and devices remain intact.
Kind – Itʼs Cool to Be Kind
- The internet can be used positively or negatively. Using the concept of “treat others as you would like to be treated” allows kids to be a force for good online.
Brave – When in Doubt, Talk It Out
- An important lesson to learn is the one of “if you see something, say something.” When kids come across something questionable or that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should tell a trusted adult. Parents and educators can encourage this by keeping lines of communication open.
You can find more in depth lessons on each of these points in the Family Guide.
Another way to help kids be safe online is Google Family Link. The Family Link app helps families be safe online by setting digital ground rules for kids.
Family Link allows you to guide your kids to good content with teacher recommended apps. You can view your child’s online activity and manage their apps all in one place.
When it comes to screen time, the Family Link app allows you to set limits on your child’s screen time. You can also lock a child’s device when it is time to take a break.
If you have older kids then you will appreciate how Family Link allows you find your child when they are on the go as long as they are with their device.
I hope you have a wonderful Safer Internet Day and let’s not limit the conversation to just one day. Encourage your child’s school to come together for a better internet too by sharing Be Internet Awesome with their teachers. Together, we can make a better internet for everyone.