Frontline: Growing Up Online

googlePBS’ Frontline did a recent in-depth feature any parent would find compelling & interesting. Click here to view and see all of the great additional resources they offer. The Internet influence on our kids – large and small – is dumbfounding to parents, especially considering the lack of control many of us have on what they see, do, write, blog online. The social networking frenzy is making everything faster, more public, and scary to many parents who don’t quite have a grasp on how it all works themselves. The texting & instant messaging adds speed that some kids may not be prepared for — it’s so immediate, irretractable, impulsive (any more “i” words?). PBS says it best when they say “how radically the Internet is transforming the experience of childhood.” There are some great tips included about how to keep kids safe. This is certainly an area The Business of Motherhood wants to explore further and to offer more resources to parents. Our website has a Teens section with some tips on driving contracts, anti-drug conversation, etc., but we definitely see Internet safety as an area of top concern. At home, we’ve instituted passwords on all computers and limited electronics (TV, computer, handheld games) to 30 minutes or less a day, and see electronics as a privilege, not a given right. It does help to monitor what messages are in the house, but it’s amazing how much even music lyrics are suggestive beyond imagination in today’s “kid world.” What types of things do you do as parents to keep your kids safe online?

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