- More than half (51 percent) of 6-9 year olds use some kind of children’s social network such as Club Penguin or WebKinz.
- Roughly one in five use email, and despite being underage, 14 percent are on Facebook, according to their parents.
- 47 percent of 6-9 year olds talk to their friends on the internet.
- Almost one in six 6-9 year olds and one in five 8- to 9-year-olds have experienced what their parents consider objectionable or aggressive behavior online.
- American children average four hours online each week, slightly more than the worldwide average of 3.5 hours per week.
- 58 percent of parents admit they are neither well-informed nor understand their children’s online social networks.
- Only 56 percent of parents were certain their family computer has parental controls or safety programs in place.
- Visit my post about internet safety resources for parents to keep kids safe online. If you’ve heard me talk about Yahoo! Safely, MTV’s A Thin Line, and Common Sense Media but haven’t visited, bookmark this post and check out the wealth of information on these sites!
- Talk to your children about internet dangers and know how to keep them safe on Facebook. After all, let’s be honest- I know the minimum Facebook age is 13 but that kids much younger are using it. If you let your kids on Facebook, be in the know about their constantly changing terms and how they might impact your family. Download Connect Safely’s A Parents’ Guide to Facebook. This free 35 page booklet and online resource provides parents with the perspective and how-to information they need to help their teens optimize their privacy and safety on Facebook
- Become knowledgeable about malware. Know what it is, where it comes from, and the difference between viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Malware is everywhere these days (Macs and PCs!) since cybercriminals are becoming more crafty about their methods of distribution. It doesn’t just masquerade as legitimate looking software. I was recently hit with a fake Facebook event that spammed my entire network! Yes, totally embarrassing!
- Download AVG Technologies’ Family Safety software for free with your 99 cent donation to the American Red Cross efforts in Joplin, Missouri. You can’t put a price on your family’s online safety but AVG certainly makes it wallet friendly!
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