CMSD is committed to raising awareness and providing resources for children, parents and our community about the digital dangers that surround us every day. It is important for us to be informed of the potential dangers and empower children to make good decisions in their digital use and citizenship.
Netsmartz.org, a web resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, offers a comprehensive guide about these digital dangers. This is a good starting point for educating ourselves about these dangers and facilitating a conversation with your child.
Children are especially vulnerableWe teach children to respect others and obey adults and authority. This, in combination with desensitized behaviors/attitudes from mainstay media about sex, drugs and violence, can lead a dangerous decisions. As parents, knowing the potential risks, setting guidelines and enforcing them are key to keeping your child safe.Kids' Rules for Online Safety - safekids.comHow to Make a Family Media Use Plan - healthychildren.orgParent Concerns - commonsensemedia.orgInternet Safety Tips for Parents - InternetSafety.com
Personal Identity/CitizenshipTo use most online programs and services you need to make an user account. Managing your digital persona across these different offerings (social media, websites, services, mobile apps) is hard enough for adults let alone our children. Making decisions about disclosing personal information is key to managing your digital identity.
Peer PressureSocial Media, text and chat rooms are just a few of the services that allow our children to be vulnerable to manipulation to provide too much information or be exploited into something they normally would not do. Sexting and Cyberbullying are two potential results that adults need to monitor for constantly.The 12 Apps That Every Parent Of A Teen Should Know About - The Huffington PostPopular App Guide for Parents and Teachers - safesmartsocial.com
Digital Footprintsnoun - the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity.
Family Digital Media AgreementBefore they get online, come to an understanding of what they can and cannot do.How to Make a Family Media Use Plan - healthychildren.orgFamily Internet Safety Gameplan™ - InternetSafety.com
Social MediaSocial Media is now the center of our children lives and it has been said that teens don't feel things are real until they see them on Social Media.The 12 Apps That Every Parent Of A Teen Should Know About - The Huffington PostTeens on social media go from dumb to dangerous - cbsnews.comSocial Media 101 -What parents need to know - HoustonISD.org
Cell Phones/Mobile Devices
Email and Internet