Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yahoo! Gives Parents a B+ for Taking Action to Protect Children Online - MarketWatch

Yahoo! Gives Parents a B+ for Taking Action to Protect Children Online - MarketWatchParry is calling for all families to use this opportunity to chat about safer and more responsible use of digital technologies. With our active wiredmoms program (follow them at wiredmom on twitter), we find many moms are the day-to-day experts for their kids online. Yesterday,some middle schoolers in Queens, NY told Parry that they trusted their moms to help them make the right decisions. "My mom knows me more than I know me," one student told her. All moms (and dads) should take the time with their kids this weekend to Yahoo! themselves and their kids. They should put in their full names in quotes (like "Parry Aftab"), and separately search for their cell numbers, addresses, email addresses and screen names, along with anything else that identifies them. Set an alert for each, as well, to give you an early warning system of too much info or early cyberbullying attacks. Search Facebook as well, adjusting your search privacy settings to keep certain information from being searched and check-out Facebook's new and easier privacy choices. If you find something that shouldn't be out there, ask the site or individual to remove it. If you need help, visit WiredSafety.

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