Although I pretty much love this whole article from Wired, The First Email Address: Raising an Internet Savvy Child,” here are the highlights for me:
1. “The same approach to have towards teaching them to know right and wrong offline applies to their activities online. “
— I support the idea that although the internet has many “new” aspects, responsible and ethical use really is all about learning how to treat others and yourself with respect and good will. Know that offline, and it will happen more readily online;
2. The New York Times stated it first, but it’s repeated in this article (and should be repeated several times): “you ,the parent> should practice the same guidelines in posting and e-mailing personal information like photos, birth dates and addresses as you would want from your kids. Just as you wouldn’t want them giving out information online about your family that would put the entire household at risk, you must guard their information as well to ensure that your privacy practices online don’t put them in danger.”
— If we don’t practice safety common sense, why should we expect our children to do so?
Seriously — read this article, especially if you are a parent. It will be one of the smartest things you will do to support healthy internet safety.