A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety

A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety

[INTRO MUSIC] ANNE ZEHREN: Hi. My name is Anne Zehren, and I’m
the President of Common Sense Media and mom
of two boys. Common Sense is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping families and teachers
manage our kids’ media saturated world. Because kids go online for just
about everything, we’ve teamed up with Google to help
teach kids to make safe and smart Internet choices. It all starts with having
some rules. MALE SPEAKER: I can go pretty
much anywhere I want online as long as it isn’t completely
inappropriate. FEMALE SPEAKER: Don’t pretend
you are someone else. MALE SPEAKER: I have to finish
all my homework first. ANNE ZEHREN: Kids can,
and will, see inappropriate things online. That means parents and teachers
must be involved in kids’ online experiences. A few simple rules
can work wonders. Your best bet is to keep
computers in a central place in your home or classrooms
so you can check out what kids are doing. Keep an eye on the clock
and set time limits. Remember, the American Academy
of Pediatrics recommends no more than one to two hours
of total screen time a day for kids. If a child is seven or under,
it’s better to navigate the Internet with them. For older kids, agree on where
they can and can’t go before they log on. You can check out where they
have been by looking at the browser’s history in your
web browser’s menu. Another option is
using filtering, or blocking, software. Google Safe Search lets parents
and teachers block adult content in their computer
search results. You can get to it by clicking
preferences on the Google homepage. Of course, it’s impossible
to monitor all online content all the time. That’s why, as kids get older,
they need to know how to use the Internet safely and
responsibly when they’re on their own. MALE SPEAKER: No one’s ever
really had a long conversation with me about Internet safety. FEMALE SPEAKER: I shouldn’t
say my address or my name or my age. FEMALE SPEAKER: My page
is private so only my friends can see it. ANNE ZEHREN: Older kids love
online communities. They use these sites to create
personal pages to show off who they are and what
they’re doing. These sites give kids creative
ways to express themselves, but that doesn’t mean that the
whole world needs to see everything they’ve posted. Every social networking site
has privacy or sharing controls, and kids need to
learn how to use them. Personal information such as
names, addresses, phone numbers, or school names can
place kids at risk if it’s viewed by a sexual predator. Sexy pictures or shots of kids
with drugs and alcohol can be viewed by college admissions
officers or potential employers. Teach kids to use common sense
and privacy controls to make sure that their personal
information only gets shared with friends and family. And encourage kids to share
what they post with you. Google’s photo sharing site,
Picasa, let’s kids limit the people they share their
photos with. Google’s blogger service has
similar privacy controls that let kids decide who can
access their blogs. In addition to teaching kids
how to use these controls, teach them to respect the
privacy of friends and family by not identifying them in
profiles or tagging them in their pictures. It sounds kind of obvious, but
it’s important to remind kids not to give out their passports
and not to click on remember me settings on public
computers like at school and the library. If someone other than a password
owner gets ahold of a password, they can read kids’
email and even email other people or post things
under their name. Stranger danger is as real
online as it is on the playground. Teach kids to avoid in
person meetings with people they meet online. Be careful about sharing
personal information online because people may not be
who they say they are. Google’s chat service, Gtalk,
allows kids to decide whether to accept a chat invite from
a new online friend. Now that we’ve covered some of
the things kids should not share online, let’s talk about
how kids should communicate. FEMALE SPEAKER: It’s easier
to say mean things over a computer than to their face. MALE SPEAKER: Most
of my friends are actually really nice. FEMALE SPEAKER: If they receive
any rude messages, they should immediately block
the friend or just stop going on completely. ANNE ZEHREN: Cyberbullying. It’s devastating. Unlike playground teasing,
cruel comments can be instantly forwarded to an
entire class or school. And because screen names can
make bullies anonymous, the source of these comments can be
hard to trace and make kids even bolder. A good rule of thumb is, if you
wouldn’t say to someone’s face, don’t text it, email
it, IM it or post it on someone’s page. Let your kids know that, if
they’re being cyberbullied, they need to leave bullying
messages on their screen and get you or the nearest
responsible adult immediately. You can block the offender or
report the episode to the school principal or the Internet
service provider. Today’s most popular
web sites feature user generated content. Internet sites all have terms
of service, so sit down and review the rules and what’s OK
to post. Many services also have easy to use tools for
flagging inappropriate content that others post online. If your kids post something
inappropriate, they can and will have their content
flagged. That means someone else in the
community has reported what they posted isn’t OK. It’s really important for kids
to know that they, too, can flag inappropriate content. This isn’t tattle taling, it’s
about creating and maintaining a respectful community that
everybody can enjoy. And our last tip for you,
instill media literacy skills to make sure kids know not to
trust or believe everything they see or read online. FEMALE SPEAKER: I usually check
it with another website. MALE SPEAKER: Either the writing
will be all distorted, there will some spelling
errors. MALE SPEAKER: I might
ask my parents. FEMALE SPEAKER: I
rely on books. MALE SPEAKER: I could figure
it out by looking up who posted it on the Internet. ANNE ZEHREN: Just because
you see it online, doesn’t make it true. Anyone can post anything. Teach kids how to distinguish
reliable sources from unreliable ones and
how to verify information they find online. Kids use the Internet for
research, gossip, news. Have them check multiple sources
and verify facts by referencing credible sites. And make sure kids understand
that cutting and pasting right from a website may
be plagiarism. And plagiarism is cheating,
plain and simple. Let’s recap. Teach household rules
for Internet use. Teach your kids Internet
safety and how to keep personal information private. Teach your kids about
communicating safely online. And view all content
critically. The Internet runs right through
the center of our kids’ lives. With the tools and tips made
available by Common Sense Media and Google, parents and
teachers can help children have safe, rewarding
online experiences. Thanks for watching.

Danny Hutson

94 thoughts on “A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety

  1. you moral-majority fuckers pretending to be "oh-so concerned" and lobbying for censorship everywhere and "protecting the family" and all that shit…ARE THE ONES MAKING THE FUCKIN PAEDO SHIT!!!!!!

  2. So tired of these women so concerned about their kids , while they themselves neglect their children by spending hours upon hours sending stupid forwards to each other , rise up kids !

  3. Parents need to discover Firefox, using Adblock plus. I never see banner ads with naked people in them when I go to viral video sites now.

  4. Yeah, if I really wanted to, I could get around anything my parents would do to block me, and if I didn't, I could ask one of my cracker (they're not called hackers!) friends to show me how. You can't make them unable to, you just have to make it so they don't want to.

  5. Parents don't even know how to post…the majority of these posts are by children. That being said my kids have never or will never know more about computers than me.

  6. Your kids, maybe, but not all: I started programming in C++ at the age of ten, and by the time I was fifteen, my father often called me up from work to ask technical questions.

    (I'm currently 17 and will be entering a B.S. program in computer science this fall.)

  7. I'm sorry but you are wrong. By having 'internet anonymity' you create problems. With a little more social inspection there would be more safety on the internet ;).


  9. I can honestly say that I did all of those things when I was a kid. The only thing that stopped me was what my parents explained to me, not what they tried to stop me from doing.

  10. "non-profit" means that they don't charge for their services..of course they would take donations if they didn't they wouldn't survive…

  11. what a lot of really smart little kids making these responses — what a command of English and of logical thought they display!! so young, so ignorant and so sure of themselves — just what the internet predators (commercial and/or criminal) like to see coming down the pike

  12. the comments on this video are effin hilarious.. i can't stop laughing… but seriously do they think society follows rules like this today? hell no society is broken! there are prob 5 year olds googling porn these days, this shiz makes me laugh 2 much, get with it

  13. this lady has no idea what she is talking about kids use facebook and internet to get away from perents and anything can be deleted on pc limiting pc time will iritate some children so they access internet somewere else and just because an institute says something doesent mean its the school system has failed times have changed to the point were children have become sneakier and harder to track because most children h8 theyre perents for stalking them

  14. exactly. what is this thing a joke or just an ad for google straight up? in general, parents of that age represented here don't know shit about teh interweb so what exactly is this video supposed to do? the majority of parents wouldn't even know what the lady here is talking about.

  15. Just use Common Sence … Would you tell a random on the street what your address & phone number. If you would, Congratulations, Your an idiot.

  16. lol. I broke every rule they said here except for the "sexy pictures". And if kids are to stupid to know how to delete their browsing history, they shouldn't be on the computer. I hate it when someone else watches my computer screen when I'm on, too. If you ask me, parents shouldn't be so nosy In internet safety, like putting the computer in an open place, watching their screen, and looking through their browsing history. Good thing I have my own computer in my room.

  17. If you check a kid's history, they'll just learn to delete their history. If you set the preferences to use strict filtering they WILL pick up on it and it to NO filtering.
    Teach your kids how to be safe/responsible on the internet, don't monitor their every action. That's asking for trouble.
    Remember, your kids are most likely more savvy than you with computers, just not as smart with the net.

  18. I'm 15 with parental controls on this computer. All i can say is: life sucks. FUCK ALL YOU WANNA BE "good" parents who want your kids to grow up like this. It's gonna happen eventually, why prolong this shit? It's not like they will never see sex or something. If you block some website.then they'll go out and FUCKIN' PARTY THEIR ASSES OFF!!! What are you gonna do now? Put parental control on real life? AHAHAHAHAHA SUCKAS!!! I never had parental control till like a month ago… lame.

  19. How do you get cyber bullied on the internet? Have you ever considered just getting up and leaving? Worst case, maybe deleting it?

  20. If parents are a bad influence on a child's behaviour, the child's behaviour will be poor, regardless of the tools they are using to carry out their actions. Now if it wasn't for the obvious slating of Wikipedia at the end, I'd say this is trying to teach safety. But it seems to be closer to communist propaganda. Now that's something I wouldn't expect from Google.

  21. yeah the whole employers looking at your FB is retarded. I don't care if I post shit on there, if I want people to see it I want people to see it. Just because I post stupid stuff on FB doesn't mean I can't be a proffessional

  22. lol i was useing the internet when i was 6 XD didnt start looking at porn till 10 (mainly macrophilia related porn) at 14 i knew how to prevent myself from ever getting virus. at 15 and onward its impossible for me to get a virus.

  23. I know how to do all this shit before the video when I was 11 I even knew how to clear my history and clean the hard drive!! Kids are smarter then adults think 😛

  24. Listen lady common sense media is not about "helping parents mange their kids in this media saturated world" it is about attacking the 1st amendment. They say every Taratino movie is not for kids and they also are sexist to men and homophobic. Move your headquarters to china if you are not happy with freedom of speech. A movie or book or TV show is art and if you can't understand that and you have to put a rating on everything then that's too bad. We need to destroy them before it's too late!

  25. This website stinks and there reviews stink too. They gave the Terminator and Alien 4 stars. Those movies have no issues in them and they give them an 80% (what 4 stars would be) At least they gave the Godfather and Citizen Kane 5 stars. But Night of the Living Dead 4 stars? I mean why?

  26. Yeeah okay. 1-2 hours a day? What.. no. I'm online for 7+ hours a day. And jeez.. adults think children are so stupid. Honestly, I think children/teens are smarter then most adults at this kind of stuff. They can find loop-holes in certain things.

  27. First three minutes and ive counted 12 completely incorrect and beyond autistic statements. ASDF movie quote: "who's idea was this?!"

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