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Clarification. This is so inherent in my thinking that I forgot to mention
it. Parents have to be actively and positively involved. And if technology
protections become either passive or negative, they lose all effectiveness.
And this is also age dependent. What is active and positive for an 8 YO is
not for a 14 YO.


> Hi to my favorite librarians. This is a needs assessment.
> The National Computer Security Alliance, has a
> focus that is primarily directed towards issues of technical security. This
> includes things like computer security software, scams and the like.
> But also could include issues like how parents can use family safety features
> for younger children - white listing, black listing, controlled
> communications, history retention, time management. And issues like use of
> protective features on sites like MySpace and Facebook. This could also
> include issues of the protection features that are available for cell phones
> and gaming devices.
> We had a discussion today about the degree to which effective material is
> available that can be easily used in schools. I suggested that the following
> might be useful:
> A short video, with a handout that could be used for parents of elementary
> students (like in a PTA meeting or available at school or could be on the web
> site) that walks parents through the common family safety features that they
> can use to set up an electronically fenced play yard for their elementary age
> children. This would be primarily on the use of the technologies, with some
> additional brief information on parenting strategies. And some really basic
> tips for children. "If something yucky comes on the screen, turn it off and
> tell." This is not Internet safety - the focus is on the technical security.
> A short video for middle school parents that addresses the protection features
> on sites like MySpace and Facebook. How they are implemented and how parents
> can make sure their children have implemented the features. Also how the
> family safety feature that disallows teens from erasing the history file might
> be helpful, but the significant limitations of effectiveness of use of any
> kind of blocking technologies with this age group. Also key computer security
> tips for tweens/early teens. Again, not all of the safety, cyberbullying, etc
> stuff - the technical security.
> Curriculum materials for high school students that basically take them through
> all of the steps to make sure they are doing everything right in installing
> computer security, being careful about downloads, protection features, scams.
> The idea is that at this age, the focus shifts from parental responsibility to
> more of a young almost adult responsibility.
> So three questions, please respond privately:
> Do you think there is a need for resources like this?
> Do you know of any resources that are already available to address these
> issues?
> What format for such resources would be most helpful?
> Thanks in advance.
> Nancy

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)

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