When I was a kid, we didn’t have a home computer until I was around 12. My dad surprised us with one for Christmas and I actually wasn’t totally in favor of the computer because I was told that I wouldn’t need my encyclopedias anymore. You don’t tell an exceptionally nerdy child that she will no longer need her beloved encyclopedias. I was pretty devastated by the thought of it. Can you imagine a kid today choosing a collection of very large books over a computer?
A lot has changed over the years with technology, how we use it, and what we use it for. In an astoundingly short amount of time, we’ve gone from people first being introduced to computers at 12 years old to children who have never known a world without the internet and having direct, 24/7 access to it.
When I first started going online, my dad had some regulations he quickly put into place. At the time, I thought he was being too cautious and had too many rules. Now that I’m grown and see my stepdaughters going online to play games at 7 and 9 years old, I realized that not only was my dad fair when it came to my internet usage as a kid, but he was more lenient than I want to be.
Kids going online can be a terrifying thought. So many kids think that just because they are sitting comfortably in their homes in front of a screen that they don’t have to be cautious of what they tell people about themselves online, and that nothing they do on the internet can affect their lives or be a threat to them. It is crucial to speak to your kids openly abut how to surf the web safely, but knowing where to start can be difficult.
The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, a completely FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the internet. This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way, and is packed with important tips that every parent should know.
The complete eBook can be downloaded for free via the app below in the following formats: iBookstore, Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
Also available in the app below are four comic book stories that you can watch as a family to discuss real situations that may occur when your kids go online, as well as the fun and interactive Is Your Child Internet-Ready Quiz.
An internet safety conversation can be a tough conversation to have — for everyone involved. So, what better way to end the conversation than with a great movie?
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This giveaway was made possible thanks to “Growing Up Online” and PartnersHub. No compensation was received, and opinions are my own.