Dear Parents,

The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators.

Do you know Tik Tok?  If not, please visit the following sites to be better informed for your children's sake!

https://www.wspa.com/news/tik-tok-app-raises-concerns-for-young-users/1460415440 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

https://smartsocial.com/tik-tok-app-guide-parents/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-video-social-network/user-reviews/adult?page=2 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

What about Roblox?

https://www.familyzone.com/blog/roblox-parents-review (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Edit 04/06/18 "Due to the recent reports of a Sex Room and other adult content in Roblox I cannot recommend this game even with the parental controls set up as being safe for children. Some of the adult content is not being blocked by the filters or parental controls. Even with the strictest parental controls set up (see below) Children are seeing Avatars in Roblox with sexual organs attached or who have enabled what are known as “particles” and sound attachments, which blast out floating pictures of graphic pornography and or explicit music. The parental controls also do NOT block random friend requests from strangers.

The terms of service of this game allows under 13+ players, but suggests that children ask parents before signing up. There is no prerequisite to require parent approval. This game needs to be safe for ALL children not just the children who have engaged parents and 100% supervision and parental participation on this game to warrant an under 13+ rating. The mass adoption of this game by primary aged children is giving most parents the impression that it is safe without investigating it further. I’d like to see a 13+ rating for this game, and like Minecraft private games with whitelisted access. Despite the risks that are being reported many parents say they still want their child to play this game, and that they will sit next to them when they are playing to protect them….how fast are you at covering the screen."

 

Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet

  1. Step into their cyberworld. "Parents have to get involved. ...
  2. Set house rules. Decide how much time you're comfortable with your children being online and which sites they may go to. ...
  3. Teach them to protect their privacy.

https://www.parenting.com/article/keeping-your-child-safe-on-the-internet (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  1. Keep your eyes on your wee Web explorers at all times. ...
  2. Teach them to keep private info private. ...
  3. Take advantage of your browser's parental controls. ...
  4. Chaperone your child's every online chat. ...
  5. Install mature content filtering software. ...
  6. Don't your kids shop online without you.http://www.nbcnews.com/id/48186441/ns/technology_and_science-back_to_school/t/how-protect-young-kids-inappropriate-internet/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

 

 

Jody L. Smith

Principal, Chevy Chase Elementary School

301-657-4994

“The path to excellence is paved with effective effort”

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