Editor's Note: We'd like to extend a hearty Comcast Voices congratulations to Jay for recently being named to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Online Safety and Technology Working Group. This is just further proof that Jay is always looking to keep people safe on the Internet. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post - Scott
Our kids are on the Internet all the time. And often times, parents are not able to supervise their child’s online activity as much as they’d like. As we all know, the Internet presents enormous possibilities but it also brings along the potential for serious risks.
What you may not know are the alarming statistics about our children’s safety online. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project study, a national study conducted in 2008, 64% of online teens have created some type of content online, 58% of online teens have a profile online, one in three teens has reported being contacted by strangers online and 32% of online teens have experienced cyberbullying.
The facts speak for themselves and as scary as it is, online predators are scouring the Internet just as often as your children are logging on for practical use. Knowing how to protect yourself online is important for everyone, but parents in particular must know how to protect their children from online dangers such as cyber bullying and other online threats.
To provide tips for parents and caregivers, Comcast has partnered with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) to develop a family safety contract that is designed to help families establish an open dialogue about Internet safety and set ground rules for the use of the Internet both inside and outside of the home.
Some of the rules of the contract include:
- Keep away from Internet strangers. We don’t talk to them on or off line.
- Keep our personal information safe.
- Keep the computer in a common area.
- Keep our passwords safe. We never share them with anyone outside of the family.
To see the full contract and download a copy for your family, click here (this is a link to a PDF). Make sure you review it, have each family member sign it, and post it near the computer monitor or on the refrigerator door.