When I was a child, at school and at home we practiced what to say and do if a stranger approached you. Many children’s books and television programs also addressed this topic.
Now in the 21st century, schools and parents not only have to teach their children about stranger danger in person but also online. It almost seems easier to teach children about not talking to strangers in person as opposed to online as the bottom line was do not talk, go with or take things from people you do not know.
However, online, the bottom line is much more complicated. There are predators who portray themselves as acquaintances. There are sites children can accidentally come upon and become intertwined with. All compiled with the complexity of what to share about yourself and how. And then there is cyberbullying.
Just as with in person stranger danger, It is never too early to teach children (and adults) about online safety. But how and with what?
October 23, 2013 I received an email from Edutopia News titled The Big List of Digital Citizenship Resources. This email took me to the link below which had a number of resources about internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and digital and media literacy posted.
There is information not only for teachers and parents to use to educate their children, but there is information for parents to educate themselves as well.
I am curious to know how many teachers and parents know about and use sites such as edutopia.org? And if they are using them, how are they using them? What feedback have they received from their children or students?