Make the Pledge for Their Online Safety

by Erica

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.

SafetyWeb Pledge

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.



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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Susan October 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

When I saw this video from Ellen today on Facebook, I immediately thought about how badly parents need SafetyWeb to monitor and find out if their child is being cyberbullied.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/video/video.php?v=592846987806&ref=mf

It really is a matter of life and death. So sad and terrifying.

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2 Aleksandra October 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

I do not look forward to having my daughter go online. I’ll definitely be doing some research about saftey when the time comes!

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3 Linda Taylors October 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

If your children can’t imagine their life without online game I would advise you to suggest them a new game – http://sharkfuel.com/kinderhangman.html It is downloaded to iPhone and unlike other useless online games it is interesting, informative and educational. I currectly use it to prepare my son for school.

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4 Sarah Link October 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I would like to protect my children from online dangers but I don’t want to deprive them of their privacy either. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter is very popular especially among these kids and who knows who they are talking to when nobody is there to monitor them especially most of this chatrooms don’t have previous chat history logs.

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