Action Steps

1. Initiate conversations
  1. Family Media Use Agreements from Netsmartz and Common Sense Media

2. Start early 
  1. Do online field trips: Common Sense Media: Best of the web for families

  2. Show a willingness to listen

3. Get involved in their digital lives
  1. Set a positive example

  2. Common Sense Media: Family media mgt.

    Facebook - A Parents' Guide to Facebook

4. Keep current
  1. CommonSense Media

  2. NetFamily News

5. Help older teens monitor their digital rep
  1. Google Alerts

  2. Online Reputation Video from iKeepSafe

6. Keep computer in a public place
7. Have a cell phone parking area and no phones at bedtime
8. Consider your lease policy
9. Talk about your concerns

10.Tell your children you won’t blame them


Common Sense Media  
Reviews and ratings on movies, games, apps and books, as well as, a FREE  Parent Media Education Program.
Facebook Family Safety Center

Facebook - A Parents' Guide to Facebook
(PDF) 2012 edition to help you understand how to talk with your kids about using Facebook

Family Media Agreements
Internet Safety Pledges from Netsmartz andCommon Sense Media to create safer boundaries for computer use at home

A repository of instructional how-to video tutorials with topics ranging from setting your facebook profile to private to activating your computer's security settings.

Google Alerts

Internet Safety Cheatsheet
A non-techie how-to on using parental controls on google search, Kindles etc.


Net Cetera (Spanish and English!)
Chatting with Kids About Being Online - Advice for parents of tweens and teens
Timely articles for parents and educators on the latest in technology & kids
NetSmartz Workshop 
Provides cyberbullying tips and videos about talking to your children about many issues

Online Reputation Video from iKeepSafe

Sexting PSA on YouTube 
Contains excellent advice for parents about bullying 

Adrienne DeWolfe,
Jan 27, 2015, 8:42 PM