Parenting in the Digital Age Sandra McIlhenny Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership
Introductions • Trainer • Production Manager
Your Role • A) Caseworker • B) Certifier • C) Social Service Assistant • D) Supervisor
Learning Objectives • Describe benefits and concerns in use of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices by children and youth in care • Identify strategies for maintaining a safe computer & internet environment for youth in care • Identify potential dangerous practices and prevention strategies in online social networking sites
Digital Natives Digital Immigrants Marc Prensky, www.marprensky.com
Uncharted Territory YOU ARE HERE
Uncharted Territory DHS IS HERE
Tip # 1 Keep the computer in a very visible location in the house. Do not put it in an office, den or bedroom, where there is little foot traffic.
Tip # 2 Check History, Favorites/Bookmarks, software and pictures on a regular basis.
Tip # 3 Use Strong passwords, and know your children’s passwords to their online accounts.
Let’s try this! www.passwordmeter.com
Tip # 4 Usernames should not carry easily identifiable information as to name, age, gender and special interests.
Usernames Bad Usernames “soccerlad15” “centralhighcheer” “AdamTroop128” “angiesmith” “hotbabe13” “1610dogSt”
Usernames Good Usernames “fishface100” “jellybelly29” “malarkus” “bananasplit” “flyspeck99”
Tip # 5 Take Cyberbullying seriously.
Responding to cyberbullying • Don’t Retaliate • Refute the messages received by others • Talk to the parents • Save the evidence • Talk to the school • Disable text messaging for a brief period • Report to the youth’s worker
Tip # 6 ANYTHING connected to the internet is a potential avenue for good or bad things. This includes cell phones, mp3 players, flash drives, PSP, XBOX and Wii, E-readers, Notebooks
Tip # 7 Be THE Administrator. Most windows versions and Mac computers have user accounts. Only you should have administrative rights. Set-up all other users as a regular user.
Tip # 8 Develop age-appropriate guidelines for computer and internet use. In addition to the template provided by DHS, there are contracts on the Web that you can download and have your children sign.
Tip # 9 Use the Internet to help you learn what you need. www.google.com www.bing.comwww.howcast.com
Tip # 10 Talk to your kids about internet safety. Make sure they know to come to you if they have any “uncomfortable” exchanges on the Web. Tell them you will not get upset if this happens.
Parental Controls on Cell Phones Limiting the number of texts sent or received Time of day restrictions on texts or calls GPS location and zoning Restriction of purchases Controlling or blocking text or phone numbers Filtering content or blocking Internet usage Removal of ability to send or receive pics
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