Tips for Safer Online Shopping

For holiday shoppers planning to skip the mall madness and make their purchases from the comfort of a keyboard, USA Today offers eight online shopping safety tips. Advice includes visiting only reputable shopping sites, updating home computer security software, logging off and closing browsers on public computers, and more.

New Online Safety Site Enlists Teens’ Advice

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to online safety, this week launched A Platform for Good (PfG) – an interactive website aimed at helping parents, teachers and teens connect, share and responsibly navigate the digital world.

On the site’s What I Wish My Parents Knew page, teens are enlisted to help adults understand their digital world by submitting answers to the question “What I wish my parents knew about technology,” using 140 characters or less.  The answers will be used to help decide future content for PfG.  Teens who participate will be entered into a drawing for an Xbox.

New Technology Means New Safety Issues

A recent USA Today article reports, “There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy.”

According to the article, roughly half of children ages 6 through 9 regularly interact with friends online, yet 58 percent of their parents admitted to not being knowledgeable about social networks. The good news is resources for protecting children online abound, including Suddenlink resources.