I’m presenting at the library this evening in Weatherford, Oklahoma, about safe online social networking and Internet safety for educators and parents. I ran across the video “A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety” from Common Sense Media and Google today as I collected my thoughts and resources for tonight’s presentation. I’m downloading and converting the video to my Macbook’s hard drive for offline access in Weatherford now using TubeTV. (free)
I agree with all the main points of this video regarding Internet safety and social networking. These include:
- Parents should set set time and place limits for “screen time” each day for their children. (Some groups cited in the video recommend 1-2 hours of total screen time per day per child.)
- Enable “strict filtering” on Google on each computer children/students use.
- Discuss accountability for behavior, both online and offline. Utilize the “history” tab of your web browser.
- Discuss and teach kids not to identify and “tag” photos they post to social networks of their friends.
- Teach about stranger danger appropriately, both online and offline.
- Teach kids how to flag objectionable content when they encounter it online on sites like YouTube, and what to do when they encounter objectionable content.
- Teach media literacy skills!
How refreshing to find a well-crafted movie on Internet safety that shares a balanced approach. There are several things I would add to this list, but overall this is a GREAT introduction to an Internet safety conversation. I think parents need to be aware of kids’ abilities to “clear” a web browser history, and be informed about network level accountability and filtering tools like OpenDNS. This video provides a great foundation for conversations about multiple topics related to Internet safety, however.
I am planning to show the US Ad Council’s “Delete Cyberbullying” video to my audience first this evening, followed by Social Networking in Plain English. We’ll then watch this video, “A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety.”
I’ve added it to my “Videos for PD” page under the category “Cyberbullying Prevention, Internet Safety, Safe Online Social Networking.” I love being able to utilize videos like this for professional development, not because I’m lazy and couldn’t say these things myself– but because I think they provide powerful object lessons for the ways digital media can be used appropriately to support learning and understanding. Most adults need more experiences in formal learning contexts where digital media is used effectively to support focused learning. Most adults alive today didn’t have many of those experiences in the 20th century.
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