Online social networking is a hot topic, with debate about allowing young people to learn how to safely navigate Web 2.0 technology while also keeping them safe.
The Keene Public Library offers workshops and a variety of resources to help you guide your children.
We offer the folowing advice and tips:
Visit the library often with your child.
Spend time online visiting Internet sites with your child.
Ask a librarian for guidance, and encourage your child to ask library staff for help finding information on the Internet.
Take time to read the Internet Policy of the Keene Public Library.
Born Digital: Understanding the first generation of digital natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Cyberbullying: Deal with it and ctrl alt delete it by Robyn MacEachern
Facebook for dummies by Carolyn Abram and Leah Pearlman
MySpace Unraveled: A parent's guide to teen social networking from the directors of BlogSafety.com by Larry Magid and Anne Collier
Bnetsavvy - Resources for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet.
COPYRIGHT KIDS Definitions, FAQs, permission letters, copyright quiz, etc.
Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens booklets - Nancy Willard's guides for helping young people learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly. One guide for teens and one guide for parents
GetNetWise's Kids' Safety - This information is provided by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.
Guide to Social Networking for Teens (PDF; updated in 2009 by YALSA)
MySecure Cyberspace - Carnegie Mellon offers internet safety resources to help parents and kids understand the risks associated with online activities, like the viruses spread over instant messaging and the bullying that takes place in unsupervised chat rooms.
Navigating the 'Net with Your Kids (PDF; from Children & Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, © 2008)
NetLingo - Lists the top 20 Internet acronyms every parent needs to know.
Netsmartz - Games, activities, and information for kids, teens, and parents.
Protecting Kids from CyperBullying - Advice from Common Sense Media.
Protecting Kids Privacy - Helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission for safely surfing the Web.
Rules of the Road for Digital Kids - Advice from Common Sense Media.
SafeKids.com - Tips, advice, and suggestions to make your family's online experience fun and productive.
Social Networking Toolkit for Educators and Librarians (PDF; updated in June 2009 by YALSA)
Web Wise Kids - Offers innovative Internet safety education programs for kids, parents, teachers and law enforcement. Shows how kids can benefit from the Intenet if they are equipped with knowledge of the online risks including nvolving parents and their community, kids can benefit from all the wonders of the Internet, equipped with knowledge of the online dangers including Internet predators, social networking, online relationships, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, piracy, and identity theft.
Wired Kids - Information for parents and online safety programs for children and teens.
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