Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Online Safety

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the new social networking site for kids, Togetherville. So far the site seems to be doing quite well, although some parents are still wary of allowing their children to sign up for any type of social networking or online community.

However, being youth services librarians has taught us that children are enamored with all of the new technology that is out and want to learn as much as they can about it.  So, the best thing to do is to try and find ways that kids can use the internet safely but still enjoy themselves as well as learn something. In honor of June's status as Internet Safety Month, Rob Birgfeld, who writes for the Smart Blog on Social Media, wrote an excellent post highlighting "5 Tactics to safely engage children in social networking."  He makes mention of specific networks that are good for children to use, such as Club Penguin and Togetherville, and how parents can ensure that they know what their kids are up to online. It would be a great idea to share this list with parents.   Rachel and I will be creating some "Internet Safety Bookmarks" that you can give out to parents!  So look for those coming soon to the ACLA youth services wiki!

Also, you should definitely check out some of the Internet Safety Videos posted on youtube.  These are excellent to share with your young patrons as well as their parents.


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That's a great idea. As long as children will be guided.