Virtual worlds are online spaces where kids create avatars (kind of like cartoon characters) through which they communicate, socialize, learn, shop, play games, and generally express themselves. There are hundreds of virtual worlds on the Web aimed at users of all ages. Some aimed at young children have controlled text chat, “profanity filters” to […]
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Virtual worlds are online spaces where people create avatars (graphical representations of themselves) through which they communicate, socialize, learn, shop, play games, and generally express themselves. There are hundreds of virtual worlds on the Web aimed at users of all ages. Most aimed at youth have safety features, such as language filtering that restricts explicit, […]
Tips to Prevent Teen Sexting from ConnectSafely.org “Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of nude photos via cellphone, but it can happen on other devices and the Web too. The practice is far from normative among young people, but when it does come up, great care is needed. Sexting can have serious psychological or even […]
These tips, based on the latest research, will help teens’ socializing stay fun and safe on both the fixed and mobile social Web.
These tips for parents about safety on the social Web are based on the latest research from the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (with input from our colleagues there).
Cellphones are increasingly full-blown handheld computers, and everything that can be done on the Web via computer – photo-sharing, Web browsing, game playing, tune-swapping, real-time text chat, and (oh yeah) talking – can be done on a phone. Here are some basic ideas for keeping mobile phone use safe and constructive:
Many kids today are video-literate – able to communicate in a medium once reserved for highly trained professionals with expensive equipment. This is an amazing creative development for them and the participatory Web. To help keep their video-sharing safe and constructive, here are some common-sense rules of conduct.
Chat rooms, where many people gather for live interaction, are among the riskiest places on the Net – where kids are most likely to “talk” with strangers about sex. Here are some tips for teens who do use chat rooms.
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