Microsoft – How to help your kids use social websites more safely

Microsoft have produced some great guidelines for parents on cyber safety at their Safety and Security Centre.

“These days, many kids draw little distinction between real life and online life. They may use social websites designed for children such as Webkinz or Club Penguin, or social websites designed for adults such as Windows Live Spaces, YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, and others. Whatever they’re doing, they should understand that many of these web pages can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet.”

In this article Microsoft recommend the following:

  • Communicate with your children about their experiences.
  • Set your own house Internet rules.
  • Ensure your kids follow age limits on the site.
  • Educate yourself about the site.
  • Insist that your children never meet anyone in person that they’ve communicated with online only, and encourage them to communicate only with people they’ve met in person.
  • Ensure your kids don’t use full names.
  • Be wary of other identifiable information in your child’s profile.
  • Consider using a site that is not very public.
  • Be smart about details in photographs.
  • Warn your child about expressing emotions to strangers.
  • Teach your children about cyberbullying.
  • Removal of your child’s page.

Follow this link to read the full article together with explanations of these points.

The Microsoft Safety and Security Centre contains many free tools, resources and help on how to keep your family and PC safe in this connected world.

About Gavin May

Gavin May is a parent at Ivanhoe Grammar School and formerly the Director of ICT. www.icybersafe.com is aimed at helping parents live in a connected world, where the internet is central to much of what we do, and certainly much of what our children do. The easy option is to just block it - the better option is to get involved and stay informed.
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