As a parent, one of our biggest concerns is the safety of our children. I was recently thinking about how hard it will be when my daughter is old enough to ride her bicycle to and from school or walk to a friend’s house on a Saturday morning. There will be such a tug in my heart. I will have to let her explore her newfound independence, while also coming to terms with the fact that I will not be able to be there as her protector.
It’s a scary world out there, and it will be hard to let her go out into it.
I feel it is the same tug we parents feel as our children delve into the digital world. As they join social media sites, text with friends and share pictures and videos online, the concern that we feel for their safety grows. We know that there are dangers lurking and we want to make sure that our children are protected.
That is why it is important that we keep ourselves educated and pass along that knowledge to our children.
Our children need to learn about online dangers – cyberbullying, sexting, hackers, cyberstalking and internet addiction, just to name a few. It’s just as important as the lessons they learned at younger ages about never talking to strangers and looking both ways before crossing a street.
But, yes, it can be overwhelming. That is why SafetyWeb was created. It is a catalyst for communication between parents and their tweens and teenagers about how to use the Internet safely and appropriately.
The SafetyWeb site is also filled with information allowing parents and kids to easily empower themselves with FREE resources about online threats such as Sexting, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking, Facebook Privacy, Social Networking Safety Tips, Video Sharing, Online Reputation, and more! You can even download a free poster about cyberbullying to print out or embed on your site.
SafetyWeb’s primary purpose is to give parents the ability to watch out for their children online, as it compiles and monitors publicly available information and reports back to parents any suspicious or inappropriate content. SafetyWeb is NOT about “snooping” on your kids or reading your teenagers private emails – it is about helping parents to protect their online reputation and protect them from cyberbullying.
Make the Pledge
Let’s keep them safe!
Parents, join with me and sign the SafetyWeb Pledge. Make the pledge to do all that you can to protect your children as they go out into the digital world.
It can be scary out there, so let’s do what we can to keep them safe.