Friday, September 24, 2010

Internet Safety

Common Sense Media, the folks who do the down and dirty movie reviews for Netflix, have a series of articles on teaching your children internet safety. The latest is an article on whether you need web-tracking software. An interesting series of comments follows, debating whether using this software is justified or just plain spying. Where do you stand on this? Would it be good to have a guest in to speak frankly on internet safety for one of the Body/Mind/Spirit classes? Leave your comment below to weigh in! It's always interesting to know how others handle parenting as their kids become teens.


Kimberly Simmons said...

I would love to see FSP develop a really great media literacy program, that includes internet saftey but also a lot of other queries about how we engage with social media and commercial media in our lives... more ideas soon, kids just woke up

Kimberly Simmons said...

Interesting bit from the Campaign for a Commerical Free Childhood:

Recommended Reading: "On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking"

A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy has found that popular children's websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults. Many of these tools "are used to develop profiles of web-surfing behavior. Those can be used to deliver targeted ads that home in on children's concerns--say, dieting ads aimed at youngsters worried about their weight."

Nickelodeon's websites, among the most popular for children, were found to install a disturbing number of tracking cookies on users' computers. The article concludes, "Parents hoping to let their kids use the Internet, while protecting them from snooping, are in a bind."