Cyber Safety: Internet Safety Day 2011

September 25, 2011 has been designated "Internet Safety Day 2011."  It is an opportunity for parents to sit down with their children or teens and openly discuss Internet usage.  The website is dedicated to this cause and offers a parent brochure with excellent suggestions for the parent/child discussion.

From the website:
"What is Internet Safety Day?
Internet Safety Day or ISD is a day to create awareness about Internet and computer safety. Purposely chosen to coincide with millions of children and teens just getting back to school.
What can I do as a parent?
Download and read the free Parent Guide. Take this opportunity to sit with your child or teen at the computer for 30 minutes and learn about what they do online. If there are things you're not comfortable with then share your reservations. Talk to them about their ideas of safe Internet use and explain your expectations for their online behavior.
Make sure you use this time as a learning tool and show a legitimate interest. Listen to their ideas and insight because after all, they are experts about what they do online. Just showing an interest in what they do will go a long way. Even if they know more than you about computers they still need parental guidance and involvement."

Take the time to talk to your children and students this week.