10 Ways to Teaching Common Internet Sense to Teens
Posted May 06 2010 5:54pm
Understanding cybercitizenship is a challenge…teaching it is even more difficult! I always tell parents, teachers and adults the following ten tips when talking to teens about being safe and using common sense online.
1) Tell them you have trouble too
If you lecture them, or pretend this is just a problem for them, they are more likely to shut down. If you commiserate with them, you can learn together.
2) Beyond Predators
Predators online is definitely a problem, but I think adults focus too much on strangers and not enough on being careful with the people you know.
Explain this idea to your kids. Many of them are surprised to find out Cyberbullying can include sending a mean email. Also be sure to tell them what to do if it happens.
4) Privacy has changed
Your idea of privacy and youth’s idea of privacy is totally different. Youth need to know that whatever they put online, they need to be ok with that same thing being broadcasted to the neighborhood.