The best way we know to help our kids stay safe online is to keep an open dialogue going at home. We encourage parents to look for teachable moments from real life and to use those as a way to relate to their own lives. One of the outstanding resources we have always turned to is a program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) called NetSmartz.
NetSmartz produces a great website offering age appropriate games, tutorials and lessons for kids and teens, parents and teachers. At NetSmartz Kids, they have just published their latest e-Book called Webster’s Gecko Goof. Webster is a familiar character to those who have played NetSmartz videos and games before.
The book can be downloaded and printed, or simply enjoyed online. You can read it to your child or let your child be read to by Webster and Clicky. They have also provided a discussion guide for parents to use to get the conversation going. The guide includes great questions like:
Why does Webster trust the information on TotallyTrueZooFacts.com? What are some clues that the site isn’t trustworthy? Why might someone put the wrong information online?
This e-Book is intended for primary grades and will hold their attention while giving parents a chance to talk about how we look up information online, how to trust sites, how to know what to look for and why its important. Check it out with your kids.
As a companion piece to the posting of the new e-Book was an article aimed at teens and adults! They’ve given us:
1.April Fools! Here’s a list of some recent hoaxes that have fooled plenty of Internet users.
3.Have you heard the one about Manti Te’o’s online “girlfriend”? That infamous story taught us these lessons about fact-checking in the digital age.
5.Now that you know that not everything you see online is true, teach this important fact to kids with our newest e-book, Webster’s Gecko Goof!
They followed the post with a disclaimer that is important for all of us to remember when sharing links to articles that we didn’t write….Articles and comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Any products or websites mentioned are not necessarily affiliated with, endorsed or licensed by NCMEC. (and that includes us… 🙂 )