In today's climate of cyber bullying, Internet pornography and identity hacking, it's a parent's rightful duty to worry about their child's safety online. Digital literacy requires a new sort of savviness that isn't necessarily taught in schools.
Technology solutions offer parents powerful tools to protect children from online risks, but education remains critical in empowering young users to follow safe practices and gain Internet independence.
Through the years I've found that trends can come from some unlikely sources. But never was I more surprised than when I discovered my (then) 8-year-old son would turn out to be a technology trendsetter.
Here's a shocker for some. By two important measures, teens are safer online now than they were before the advent of social media. The good news comes at a time when the majority of American youth are using social media, most notably Facebook.
We need a new set of parenting best practices to help keep our children safer; teach them when, where, and how to post what kind of information; instruct them when to sense risk or danger; and show them what to do about it.