A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety

As The Girl gets older and spends more time online, I have been thinking more and more about internet safety. Google and Common Sense Media have teamed up to create this video of common sense tips and rules for families to help keep kids safe online.

The nice thing I like about this video is that the advice is more about teaching appropriate use, rather than trying to shield your kids from the big bad world.

According to Common Sense, the four basic rules parents should follow are:

  1. Set rules
  2. Teach Internet safety
  3. Teach kids to communicate safely
  4. View all content critically

Cyberbullying, using social network privacy controls, media literacy and setting basic rules are all covered in this 7 minute video. A bit Google heavy (hey, look Picasa, Google Chat and Blogger all have safety features), but still an informative primer for families who have kids that are starting to explore the online world.

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