Archive | December, 2010

Wise up to IT: Resources for connecting with youth

22. December 2010

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Are you looking for some resources to help you connect with youth about their online lives?  Resources where the message is on-target (i.e., age- and content-appropriate) and which use “real life” stories which are likely to resonate with youth rather than put them to sleep?  Then check out this set of four videos and accompanying support [...]

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Digital Parenting Magazine: A “How To” Guide from Vodafone

20. December 2010

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This impressive, user-friendly, downloadable, and informative Digital Parenting magazine from Vodafone (a U.K.-based telecommunications company) was created ”as a central place where you can go to get to grips with the latest technology, get involved with what your kids are doing online and help them stay in control when it comes to some of the challenges they [...]

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Cyberbullying: How can we be a part of the solution?

17. December 2010

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Here’s an informative 5 minute video clip featuring Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute, in which he talks about the need for “a culture of responsibility” involving government, industry, law enforcement, parents, teachers, and the kids themselves, in helping kids make wise choices in their online environment.   He also has some good advice for parents.  Check it [...]

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Selecting Effective Anti-Bullying Programs: A Useful Guide

15. December 2010

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Check out this informative guide which is available on the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention website – www.njbullying.org.  As the website notes, “this ‘critical criteria’ checklist was developed by the Training Project Committee of the NJ Coalition as a tool for school administrators and agency directors to use in selecting anti-bullying programs.”  We [...]

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Helpful Fact Sheets about Online Safety

13. December 2010

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Childnet International, a U.K. based, non-profit organization working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children,” has produced a useful set of Fact Sheets on various aspects of online safety, including 

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FREE Cyberbullying Prevention Module for Elementary Students

10. December 2010

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This Steps to Respect cyberbullying prevention program for elementary kids is brought to you by the Committee for Children.  The entire program (Overview + five lessons + additional resources) can be downloaded free of charge from the Committee for Children website (it does require registration, but it is quick and easy).

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My Mom is on Facebook Filter: Check this out!

8. December 2010

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A little bit of levity for today’s mid-week blog.  If you think you don’t need The Parents’ Guide to Facebook we blogged about on Monday, then check out this video clip (1.43 mins) from Saturday Night Live.  It might make you reconsider!

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A Parents’ Guide to Facebook: Free Resource from Connectsafely.org

6. December 2010

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Here’s a great FREE, downloadable, resource from Anne Collier and Larry Magid of Connectsafely.org.  A Parents’ Guide to Facebook (published in partnership with the iKeepSafe coalition) explains what Facebook is, how it works, and how to parent one’s children who are using it.  It is filled with pictures of actual Facebook pages showing where to identify the components [...]

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Sexing in America: When Privates go Public — MTV news special

3. December 2010

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Do you want to know more about sexting, and hear what young people themselves have to say about it?  Then check out this indepth, informative, and balanced “news special” from MTV.  This 40-minute film (in 4 parts) explores the dangers of sexting and the repurcussions for the people who electronically send and receive sexually explicit [...]

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Parents: This happened to your kids, didn’t it? Case studies for parents

1. December 2010

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This guide, which covers mobile phones, television, video games, and the Internet, ”stresses the importance of helping youngsters to become independent and critical users of new technology, and outlines parental strategies for supporting children in the development of these skills.”  Originally created by the Italian Safer Internet Centre, the guide has just been republished in English and [...]

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