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NCJ Number: 249837 Find in a Library
Title: Video Encourages Parents To Teach "Digital Citizenship"
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:March 2016  Pages:3-6
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Date Published: March 2016
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Training (Aid/Material); Youth-Oriented Material
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A 12-minute video produced by the Paulding County (GA) Sheriff’s Office guides parents in teaching their children about online dangers and “digital citizenship.”
Abstract: As part of the agency’s parent education seminars, the video explains the many ways in which their children have access to a wide and diverse world of images and information through the electronic media they use and how parents can guide their children’s responsible use of social media. The video, which is entitled “Digital Safety in the Wireless World,” explains to parents that granting children unsupervised online access is like letting their children leave their homes without telling their parents where they are going or what they will be doing. Specific problematic uses of social media are discussed, such as posting “selfies,“ even if they are not explicit, and youths’ preference for various types of social media apps. The video advises parents not to react to their children’s inappropriate use of their smart phones by taking them away. The preferred approach is for parents to set ground rules that include giving parents access to monitoring the apps and other content on a child’s phone. Parents might even consider entering into a “contract’ with their children that specifies both children’s and parents’ responsibilities and limitations regarding phone use and parental monitoring. The video recently went up on YouTube. Although it is too soon to evaluate its impact, the hope is that it will reduce the number of calls the Sheriff’s Office receives from concerned parents about their children’s smart phone uses.
Main Term(s): Computer abuse
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Computer aided instruction; Computer crime prevention measures; Georgia (USA); Parent education; Risk management; Teaching/training techniques
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