I think almost every parent has the fear of allowing their kids to have access to the internet and then having them be exposed to something bad. Whether it’s viewing something that is inappropriate or being approached by someone pretending to be someone else. One of the hardest jobs of a parent is addressing these situations before they arise so our kids have the tools and knowledge to hand them. We decided that we would do a Internet Safety Family Home Evening to help our kids know what is right and wrong when it comes to the internet. We also wanted them to be able to spot bad situations and not fall prey to those people out there who use the internet to harm others.
I was able to pull from a couple different resources to put together a fun and informative family night for us. We started off with watching this cute, Phineas and Ferb Public Service Announcement…
Our kids LOVE Phineas and Ferb, so it was a great video to open with and short enough to not lose their attention.
After watching the video, we asked the kids what they though we were going to be learning about. They all said “the internet”. It was really important to us to drive home the basics of internet safety and to not make our kids scared that everything and everyone on the internet is bad.
We used this list from Hello Literacy as a guide to make sure we were covering everything that we felt needed to be covered for the kids at their ages.
We made sure to discuss the WHY behind each of these items. We wanted to let the kids know that the internet is NOT anonymous, and we need to keep who we are safe.
I saw this cute Internet Safety For Kids image (if it’s yours please let me know so I can link! All the images on pinterest don’t go to a website or blog. :-() that I told the kids we’d be hanging right above the family computer to help remind them of our Internet rules.
We also went one by one through each of these rules and explained why these rules are so important. Next we found this super fun Internet Safety Bingo game from Family Home Evenings.com. There are three different boards you can print out. Our kids thought it was great and we were able to discuss why each of these things were important again.
Finally, I created this Internet Safety Permit (feel free to right click and safe the permit to use for your kids!). We made sure to check off all the bullet points and then had each of the kids sign their names. We let them know that we would keep these by the computer and if any of them were caught breaking any internet rules, they would lose their permits resulting in loss of using the internet. We also let them know they would have to renew their permits every six months. As I said before, I knew with my kids, driving home the basics through games, discussions, and repetition would help them remember our rules for internet safety. Be sure that you cater your internet safety lesson to your family and the ages of your children. 🙂
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