We consider it a privilege to have you and your child or student spend time viewing the content on our site. There continues to exist a great deal of discussion within the online children’s education community and among our parent groups and school partners as to how to ensure a safe online environment for kids while fully leveraging the wonderful tools and games that so many sites offer today.
In order to ensure a completely safe environment on our site, CultureAgents has decided NOT to enable any user-to-user communication tools at this time. That means that users login to our site and view content but cannot communicate with other users. This removes any possibility of strangers contacting our users and soliciting personal information from them. Therefore, we believe our site is one of the safest online environments available. In addition, our content is entirely generated by CultureAgents and our partners, which means all of our content is filtered to be completely appropriate for our users.
They are more and more social networking sites for children being launched every day. While we remain active members of today’s online children’s education community, we do not pretend to have the best information regarding how to keep your child safe online. One of the best sites for learning how to maintain a healthy online experience for your child is Onguardonline.gov. Because we believe that communication is key, we found ourselves particularly drawn to Onguard’s topic: Chatting with Kids About Being Online. Here is an except below:
How to Talk to Your Kids
Not sure where to begin?
What is the best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents.
Consider the following:
After all, even toddlers see their parents use all kinds of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone or any mobile device, it’s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. As a parent, you have the opportunity to talk to your kid about what’s important before anyone else does.
Create an honest, open environment.
Kids look to their parents to help guide them. Be supportive and positive. Listening and taking their feelings into account helps keep conversation afloat. You may not have all the answers, and being honest about that can go a long way.
Even if your kids are comfortable approaching you, don’t wait for them to start the conversation. Use everyday opportunities to talk to your kids about being online. For instance, a TV program featuring a teen online or using a cell phone can tee up a discussion about what to do — or not — in similar circumstances. News stories about internet scams or cyberbullying, for example, also can help start a conversation with kids about their experiences and your expectations.
Communicate your values.
Be upfront about your values and how they apply in an online context. Communicating your values clearly can help your kids make smarter and more thoughtful decisions when they face tricky situations.
Resist the urge to rush through conversations with your kids. Most kids need to hear information repeated, in small doses, for it to sink in. If you keep talking with your kids, your patience and persistence will pay off in the long run. Work hard to keep the lines of communication open, even if you learn your kid has done something online you find inappropriate.