Social Media and Internet Safety
My social impact initiative comes as an extension of my passion for all things mass media. After speaking with a 5th grade classroom, I discovered the incredible curiosity young children have for the internet and the intense insecurities children experienced due to their online presence. The classroom visit took a turn in a direction I never saw coming. After listening to many students open up, I decided it was my responsibility to not let their voices go unheard. I carried this experience with me and shared it with parents. I quickly realized that most had little to no knowledge of what battles their children were facing each day online. Since these experiences, I have been striving to educate and empower families to open up the lines of communication regarding their online lives and give them the tools they need to make their homes digitally safe.
Other Helpful Resources
Bark is an incredible internet filter for families. This program
allows children to maintain a sense of independence and privacy, while allowing parents the opportunity to involve themselves when necessary to provide guidance.
NetSmartz is a great online-safety education resource for kids, parents, educators, and law enforcement from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
This blog post from "Child - The Real Guide for Parents" is a great resource for laws children need to know about social media. This post includes rules regarding bullying, hacking and explicit content.