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Online safety for anyone using the Internet is a significant issue that needs to be understood and enforced.  The online safety of children is even more important; and it is up to the parent to ensure their child if using the Internet in a safe and protected manner.  Below you can see some of the ways that KidzClix makes online safety a top priority.   Also, be sure to click on the link below that lists some very helpful tips for parents to make their kids experience online a safe one.

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We are always searching and learning about online safety. We came across this webpage that does an excellent job of summing up parent guidelines for their child’s online experience:

Family Internet from About.com

It is written by Christ Matte from About.com.

The basic points that the article covers are:

• Talk to your children - (Keep an open discussion about the Internet, teach them about it)

• Set guidelines - (set rules for online usage)

• Follow through - (stick with your rules for online usage)

• Pay attention - (See what your child is doing online when they are online)

• Read more about it - (Be ready to answer all questions from your child)

• Join the fun - (Join the same sites your child joins)

• Use available technology - (learn about Internet filters, firewalls, and monitoring software)

• Do a little sleuthing - (use browser history, cache, and cookies to monitor your child)

• Watch for warning signals - (look for any changes in a child’s personality or behavior)

• Know when to say “No” - (don’t let your child spend too much time online)

Have fun, but be safe! : )

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Educator's Choice Award SealKidzClix.net – the nation’s fastest growing networking site just for kids- has achieved a prestigious award. Recently, the site was designated a 2009 Educator’s Choice Award winner.

We are extremely proud of this award, because it is evidence that we are achieving our goal of promoting educational activities designed to inspire critical and creative thinking in children.

For more information on the Educator’s Choice Award, please visit www.centerforgifted.org (see Enrichment).

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KidzClix.net received high marks from the Morton Grove (IL) Police Department during an internet safety forum for parents, held at Melzer Elementary School on May 19, 2009. The MGPD warned parents about the“crime wave” on the internet and the potential dangers to children as they navigate the web. As a special guest of the forum, KidzClix.net provided internet safety information and was recognized for providing a safe place for children to learn and have fun on the internet.

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KidzClix.net appeared as the guest internet safety experts at the Spring Into Safety fair for families in DuPage County, Illinois, on March 16, 2009. The fair focused on ways to help keep children and teens safe. KidzClix.net was chosen because it makes children’s internet safety a top priority on their website.

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KidzClix Safe & Secure1.       Tell us about yourself.

I am a technology specialist for a school district in Oak Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In my position, I am called upon to be an expert in the use of technology in teaching and learning. In addition, I have become an expert in the technology children use for entertainment, including social networking and virtual worlds. Most importantly, I am the mother of three very technology-driven teenagers.   A great deal of what I’ve learned has been from personal experience with my own children.

 2.       What do you enjoy most about your work?

 

I welcome opportunities to help people explore the truth about social networking sites and internet safety.  That’s why I am so honored and enthusiastic to be able to work with KidzClix in providing information to parents. 

 

3.        What should parents be most concerned about regarding their child’s use of the internet?

 

We need to be life-long learners when it comes to the Internet, because just when we think we know it all, new trends emerge. If I had to pick a topic that parents need to learn about, it would be cyber bullying.  Just like on the playground, your child may very likely encounter a situation when someone will use technology to bother or intimidate them. They need to be prepared and know that using bad manners online can sometimes be worse than encountering meanness offline.

 

4.       What other concerns should parents be aware of?

 

Make sure your child is extremely careful online. Don’t reveal personal information as there is a potential for identity theft, even for kids. For example, never share your password with anyone except your parent. Even your most trusted friend can be mad at you someday and potentially use your password to pretend she is you and perhaps behave badly and make people think it’s you saying mean things. Children also need to know that what’s online never goes away. Everything they say and every picture that’s posted can be copied and pasted, downloaded, reposted, emailed, IM’d, and used against them in some way—even if what was said or pictured is taken out of context.  Also, make sure your behavior online is of the same standard that you expect offline. Never share any information or say something that may someday embarrass you or your family.

 

5.       What are some ways that parents can protect their children?

 

·         First of all, be engaged with technology.  Learn about what others are doing on the internet and develop your own set of favorite activities, whether it be video conferencing with your out-of-town relatives, using Facebook to connect with classmates, finding recipes, or reading the news. You’ll be helping your children understand the benefits of the web from your direct modeling.

·         The best internet filter is a parent who shows real interest in their children’s online activities. When your kids are on the internet, ask them questions, compliment them on their good choices, and laugh at the videos they enjoy.

·         Teach children exit strategies for getting out of uncomfortable situations. Discuss how they may encounter people with bad manners and who make bad choices online, just like they do in “face-to-face” life.

·         Learn how to check the browser history to see which sites your children go to and what information they research (even informally), and respond to what you find with additional suggestions, not criticism.

·         Teach them common sense tips and tricks like, never click on a pop-up ad, don’t forward “chain emails” as to supply strangers with a list of the personal emails of all their friends, and if inappropriate content comes on the screen, treat it like an accident and close the browser window.

 

6.       What is the most important advice you can give a child about internet safety?

 

Tell your children that they can depend on you to help them. Studies show that even if children are likely to go to an adult when they are bullied on the playground, when it comes to internet bullying or harassment, they are NOT inclined to tell their parents. This is because they fear that parents will take their technology away, further isolating them from a tool that helps them stay engaged and connected. Let your children know that you will not over-react, but will instead help them come up with appropriate behaviors to avoid uncomfortable situations.

 

7.       What is your opinion of social networking sites for children?

 

Parents and educators should view social networking sites as a training ground for adult life. We can’t predict how life will be impacted by technology in five years, much less by the time our kids are adults. If almost all of our teenagers and young adults are online, I feel that it’s imperative that young children have a chance to interact online so they can learn about privacy and good behavior choices in an environment that is supervised by those who have their best interest in mind. In addition, there is such a tremendous benefit from meeting new people—interacting with others in another part of the country or even the world. Children can understand first-hand how relationships, cooperation, and collaboration can develop from being open to learning from and about others on the Internet.

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The online networking community at KidzClix.net is COPPA compliant and has been designed with the needs and safety and children in minds.

Through moderated online forums, chat rooms, and message boards open only to KidzClix members, KidzClix kids can connect with others, share interests and ideas, participate in exclusive contests, and have real-time conversations with other subscribers.

An innovative and valuable resource for upper elementary and middle school aged students, KidzConnect provides a global connection for homework help, project ideas, and general discussions on topics of interest to the kids of today.

To find out more about Kids safety program, please visit our website at: www.kidzclix.net

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