Navigating Online Life-Growing Up is Hard to Do
Jan 25, 2013 6:15am
The following is a guest blog by Blair Campbell, CISSP, (ISC)² Foundation Safe and Secure OnlineMentor.
I am a certified information security professional and volunteer for the (ISC)² Foundation Safe and Secure Online program, which enlists professionals like myself to teach children to learn how to protect themselves online and how to become responsible and empathetic computer users.
I volunteer because I am the parent of a 7-year-old and see the existing gap in helping kids grow up with good instincts about leading a safe digital life and assist parents taking an active role in helping their children navigate it.
Every day, kids face a myriad of online decisions – which friend requests to accept, whether to forward time-limited and self-destructing images (have you heard of Snapchat?), whether to talk to someone online they don’t know, even whether to join classmates in bullying someone. Safe and Secure Online uses a holistic approach to address and elevate children’s awareness to choose wisely.
There are countless positive aspects to being online, but parents may want to believe that their kids will never be tempted to try new things which may be risky. However, they will. On the eve of Data Privacy Day, reflect on the best way to help your kids lead responsible, constructive digital lives. Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to counsel them and parent just as you would in any life situation. Here are 5 things that can help:
As such, it’s imperative that you comprehend what it is they do online, how and why. Be inquisitive, kids are great teachers. Also, it comforts them to know that you’re engaged and know what you’re doing.
The following are excellent starting points:
2. Face reality. Prohibition is not a solution. They will discover new programs or apps and be tempted to do what everyone else is doing and may find themselves in tricky situations. They may make proper decisions and maybe some not such good decisions. By ignoring this fact, you’re potentially setting both of you up for heartbreak.