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Cyber security in our world continues to be a current and important topic. Most workplaces employ cyber security measures for employees, computers, and networks. But what about at home? SANS has published a poster "Creating a Cyber Secure Home" with practical and easy tips to keep your online life at home safe and secure. Topics include:
In support of Digital Citizenship Week (), Common Sense Media has shared a resource for parents to have "The Talk" with their children about how to practice and model positive digital citizenship skills online. The concepts include:
Here's an idea . . . start a shared digital journal with your children ("How to Start a Digital Journal With Kids,") using pvLearners/Google docs and incorporate the concepts fromCommon Sense Media's "The Talk" as topics to write about. Your child can practice writing skills, you can share in the conversation, and you will both have a productive conversation about this essential topic.
PV Schools is a registered champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, helping lead the charge with other partner champions (educational institutions, businesses, government agencies and associations). In recognition of how valuable the Internet is in our daily lives and the collective effort needed to protect it, the theme for the month is "Our Shared Responsibility."
From simple content filters to robust home network solutions, new parental controls offer a range of media-management options.
Many parents subscribe to the "cross your fingers and hope for the best" philosophy of managing their kids' online access. But even if you've had the conversations around screen-time limits, responsible online behavior, and safety precautions, it's still really tough to manage what kids do when you're not there (and even when you are). Parental controls -- the real, technical kind -- can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' Internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your kids.
Thankfully, a new crop of parental controls offers a lot more features and flexibility than previous versions that were overly restrictive and too easy to defeat and that preyed on parents' fears about online risks. These updated solutions also reflect a new, more progressive philosophy about parental controls: They're way more pro-Internet and less fear-mongering. Of course, nothing is entirely fail-safe -- and you'll still want to have conversations about making good choices.
Only you can determine the level of protection you need for your family. Here's a primer:
Operating systems: Both Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS come with built-in parental controls. When you create user accounts, you can select different protections for different users. To get the most benefits, you need to use the most updated version of the operating system. The Android operating system doesn't have built-in controls -- but there are many parental-control apps for Android.
Web browsers: Browsers -- that software you use to go online -- offer different ways of filtering out websites you don't want your kids to visit. Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer all allow you to type in specific websites and domains (which apply to whole categories of sites, such as porn) that you want to block. If you use Firefox, you need to download an add-on, because the basic browser does not offer content filters.
Kids' browsers: Sometimes called "walled gardens," these are protected environments that fill up your entire screen (so kids can't click out of them). They're sort of a cross between an operating system and a browser designed specifically for kids with games, preapproved websites, email, and various activities. Examples include Zoodles, Kido'z, and Kidzui.
Computer-software controls: These are the classic, full-featured parental-control programs that let you block websites, impose screen-time limits, and monitor online activity (for example, which sites your kid visits). Many of these programs also offer added security against malware and viruses and will send you a summary of what your kid did online. Products in this category include NetNanny, Qustodio, Safe Eyes, and BSecure.
Mobile devices: Some mobile devices have rudimentary parental controls -- but the options vary a lot depending on what you have. At the very least, without downloading anything extra, you may be able to prevent unwanted purchases (including in-app purchases), restrict what kind of content can be downloaded (M-rated games, for example), and delete or hide apps and functions you don't want your kid to use (such as video chatting). Amazon's growing family of Kindle Fire tablets come preloaded with Kindle FreeTime parental controls.
Home networking: Having trouble managing what kids access on their mobile devices? Are Internet-enabled devices mushrooming throughout your house? If so, you may want a more robust solution. Take a look at your Internet router -- that thing that brings the Internet into your house. You can get a software program such as OpenDNS, which works with your existing router to filter Internet content. Or consider a hardware/software solution such as Skydog, which lets you manage Internet access and usage for every networked device and every user. Skydog incorporates Common Sense Media's website reviews to make it easy for kids stay on age-appropriate sites.
“New Parental Controls Nix The Fear, Up the Features.” New Parental Controls Nix the Fear, Up the Features. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015. <https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/new-parental-controls-nix-the-fear-up-the-features>
Until YouTube's app for kids really catches on with fans, the original YouTube poses a challenge for parents. Anyone can create YouTube channels, they crop up seemingly out of nowhere, they don't follow program schedules, and they're cast out among thousands of other videos. Still, there are clues to figuring out which channels and creators are OK for your kids. YouTube clearly has a huge impact, and you'll learn a lot about your kids when you really dig into what they're tuning into.
From Common Sense Media
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From Common Sense Media:Vine is a social media app that lets users post and watch looping six-second video clips. This Twitter-owned service has developed a unique community of people who post videos that are often creative, funny, and sometimes thought-provoking. Teens usually use Vine to create and share silly videos of themselves and/or their friends and families.
What parents need to know
It's full of inappropriate videos. In three minutes of random searching, we came across a clip full of full-frontal male nudity, a woman in a fishnet shirt with her breasts exposed, and people blowing marijuana smoke into each other's mouths.
There are significant privacy concerns. The videos you post, the accounts you follow, and the comments you make on videos all are public by default. But you can adjust your settings to protect your posts; only followers will see them, and you have to approve new followers.Parents can be star performers (without their knowledge). If your teens film you being goofy or silly, you may want to talk about whether they plan to share it.