Last week we talked about steps that parents could take to ensure that you are prepared to manage your child’s online environment in our new virtual world. We covered topics such as platform safety, data retention, and privacy matters. Today, we are going to talk about ways that you can help your children learn to be safe as they navigate cyber school.
We have an easy way to help you start those discussions about appropriate online behavior and the damage that they can do to themselves and others if they make poor choices. The FBI has a cyber citizenship program called Safe Online Surfing – or SOS – to teach kids in third through eighth grade about safe and responsible internet use. The interactive, game-based program emphasizes the importance of cyber safety topics such as password security, smart surfing habits, and the safeguarding of personal information.
This free program can be used by families at home or by teachers in the schools. Kids can work at their own pace to complete the island activities and don't have to finish in one sitting. The FBI does not keep individual student data. For more information about the SOS program, go to https://sos.fbi.gov
For those with teens in the family, here are some other steps to take:
Finally, we are lucky that in Oregon we have a really effective program to help kids deal with cyber bullying and other threats. It’s called Safe Oregon, and it is a program that brings law enforcement and school officials together to help kids. You can report cyber bullying to Safe Oregon online at https://www.safeoregon.com/ There’s also information on that website about other ways you can report concerns by calling, texting or emailing. Choose the option that works best for you.