June is Internet Safety Month. The US Senate has set June aside as Internet Safety Month for the past several years because of the growing awareness of online dangers. The best tool we have to prevent these dangers from influencing our children is good education. Here’s a Top 10 list of some past blog posts I’ve written and other helpful links about Internet safety issues. A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety for Children – This is a quick checklist of measures a parent or guardian can do to make Internet viewing a safer experience for children. Growing Up Online – … Continue reading →
Everyone’s heard of Internet filtering. For children using the Internet, filtering may be one of the best tools we have to protect their young minds from stumbling on questionable, objectionable, and pornographic content online. But even the best filters only address part of a widespread problem. Many children can easily learn how to get around a filter: they can learn to bypass it, disable it, or when this proves difficult, they can simply go next door or to the public library. The real issue children face is their natural curiosity to see objectionable content in the first place. We don’t fault children … Continue reading →
The information in this post is outdated. For a detailed description of how our new Web rating system works, visit here. It’s been about one year since Covenant Eyes released its Internet filter for Windows. Many users of our accountability program wanted a filter as well, so we created one that would work hand-in-hand with our accountability service. Of course, it also works as a stand-alone filter, but it is based on the same scoring system used by our accountability software. What is the Covenant Eyes Scoring System? Many filters operate on a black list/white list format—some sites are blocked … Continue reading →
This is a 22-minute video by the Center for Safe Schools called Protecting Kids Online. It is to educate parents about the serious repercussion of cyberbullying and the dangers of online predators.
According to recent research, 21% of children as young as 5 years old have unsupervised access to the Internet at home. If you have kids, ages 5-7, and you would like a creative a fun way to teach them about Internet safety, check out Hector’s World, an online cartoon. These are made by Thinkuknow, an affiliate of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.