Social Media Resources for Parents
Common Sense Media:
- Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between
- Family Tech Planners
- Online Camps for Summer Learning Adventures
Connect Safely: https://connectsafely.org/
ConnectSafely is a nonprofit dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.
MARC Parent Resources: https://www.marccenter.org/parents
Offering a wide variety of information on bullying behaviors, technological pitfalls, and cyber-bullying, the MARC center has developed clear guidance for schools and families.
Elizabeth Englander, PhD
Dr. Englander is a researcher and an educator with areas of expertise in bullying, cyberbullying, and digital behaviors. For books and articles by Dr. Englander, please visit: Dr Englander's Website.
Dr Englander's guides for parents also include:
Safe Online Surfing Program
The FBI's Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program teaches students in grades 3 to 8 how to navigate the web safely. The age-appropriate lessons and games cover topics like cyberbullying, protecting personal information, recognizing trustworthy and untrustworthy sites, and avoiding malware. The program is available in English or Spanish.
Anyone can complete the activities on the FBI SOS website. The testing and competition, however, are only open to students in grades 3-8 whose teachers have registered their public, private, or home schools through the SOS website.
Computer and Online Privacy
From the MA Office of the Attorney General: This page provides insight into viruses, spyware, malware, and other threats to your computer system as well as phishing, hacking and spam, that can threaten your personal identity and information. Consider these tips for protecting yourself and your computer.
For those parents navigating the world of social media with teens, or for those who are about to, please take some time to learn more about children, the internet, and social media usage. Click on the link to view the series and CNN special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens." Watch a preview of it now on CNNgo.