These articles were featured in the August 2011 Talk Story Newsletter
Kids today engage in many different types of activities online that leave them vulnerable to all sorts of risks, such as viruses and identity threats. As a parent, arm yourself with information on social networking and media download to help protect your kids online.
A Parent's Guide to Social Networking Sites
Your children may spend a lot of time on social networking or virtual world sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Club Penguin. These popular sites are a great way for them to interact with friends using computers and mobile devices and have changed the way your children communicate with their friends and family.
Too often though, kids share too much personal information, discuss inappropriate behaviors that could get them into trouble, or otherwise place themselves at risk by what they post online. The purpose of this e-guide is to provide concerned parents like you with the knowledge to deal with challenges associated with social networking and community websites. Once you understand the basics, you’ll be better able to help your kids stay safe when they socialize online.
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Music & Movies: Entertainment vs. Online Risk
Today’s consumers are increasingly turning to online media such as digital movies, music, television, radio and videos. In fact, more than 178 million U.S. Internet users watched online video in July 2010, up from 158 million a year ago. While adults may click on streaming video to stay abreast of world news, teens search for posters from their favorite movie or the ringtone of the latest Lady Gaga hit. Online media gives it all to us, quickly and easily, but at a price. Accessing online entertainment without taking the necessary precautions may potentially expose consumers to numerous threats to their computers and identity.
While serious online risks exist, you can still enjoy the Internet for entertainment and information. Just be prepared knowing what to look for and how to protect yourself, your children, and your computer.
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