Your Kids' Online Brand.
What your kids post online could come back to haunt them when they apply for college or a job.
Their posts can lead to being cyberbullied or worse.
Some helpful tips to help your children post things they will not regret later.
1. Know the technology: Visit sites such as MySpace and Facebook.
Set up Google Alerts so you know when
something is said online about your kid.
2. Walk the talk: Open your own social networking profile.
Find out what your kids use and open a profile on that site.
2. Friend your kids: Link to your kids' online profiles.
You will be able to teach them, by example, how to be a good digital citizen.
3. The Billboard Rule: Teach your kids that what they say online can become their personal billboard
defining what people think about them- such as potential colleges or people that may hire them.
4. Digital Citizens: Observe the golden rule – be good and kind to others. Report those who are not.
5. Digital Tracks: Each post leaves a trail. Digital is forever. Anonymous is never anonymous.
A great way to know what people are saying about your kid online is to set up a
Google Alert with your kid's name.
Go to www.google.com/alerts
In the search terms box, type "Your Child's name" within quotes
Select the type of alerts as "Comprehensive"
Select "How Often". If your child is active online,
"once a day" or "as it happens" may be best.
Type in your email address
Click on the "Create Alert" button
Go to your email inbox and click on the link in the email to activate your alerts
Resources for Your Tweens and Teens:
Resources for Tweens, Teens, and Parents:
Parents – There are several Social Networking Sites you should be aware of:
Talk to your kids about the sites listed below.
If your kid has a profile at any of these sites, you should too.