Internet Safety for Parents & Educators
The web can be a great resource for our state’s young people. It’s educational and convenient. It can broaden their worldview as well as expanding their knowledge base. It’s truly an essential resource to connect to the modern world.
Unfortunately, being online is not without its risks, especially for young people. In addition to being targeted by internet predators, young people frequently experience cyber bullying online. According to Stop. Think. Connect. (the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity awareness campaign), “seven in ten young people are victims of cyberbullying and 37 percent experience cyberbullying on a frequent basis.” Meanwhile, “in 2012, children ages 19 and under made up 6% of all identity theft cases.”
Parents and educators can be our first line of defense against this kind of theft and bullying. Frank discussions and healthy reminders can teach young people cyber safe habits. And remaining aware of young people’s internet usage means parents and educators may be able to intervene in negative situations before they get out of hand.
With that in mind, we have gathered the below resources for parents and educators to help keep Nevada’s young people safe.