Dad - "So that video you made was really cool... I like it"
Kid - "Yeah, my friends on YouTube thought it was cool too - they commented".
Dad - "You have a YouTube account?"
Kid - "Yeah Dad, everyone my age has one"
Dad - "I need to know your account info so I can keep an eye on what you are doing?'
Kid - "Why do I have to give you that - it's my account?"
Dad - "I just want to see what you are doing?"
Kid - "I am not comfortable with that..."
Dad - "We can talk about it more at home".
My guess, the conversation and the issues were forgotten by the time Dad loaded up the four kids and headed home. My guess also is the kid is on Facebook, and many other sites, and his parents are oblivious and haven't taken the time to monitor the situation.
As parents, we all need to know what are kids are doing online and monitor it. We should know who they are connecting with, and accounts they have opened. Here is a pledge a family member passed on to me that I utilize with my tween daughter. Feel free to copy and use as you see fit... It is our duty to protect out kids...
Online Safety PledgeKeep this pledge at your computer.I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.Here are the passwords, screen names and other login information that I use for each online service:Service name: _____________________Login: _____________________Password: _____________________: _____________________Other: _____________________Service name: _____________________Login: _____________________Password: _____________________Screen Name: _____________________Other: _____________________Service name: _____________________Login: _____________________Password: _____________________Screen Name: _____________________Other: _____________________
Here are some great resources.
Sources:ISafe: www.isafe.org/Web Aware http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/:Wired Safety: http://www.wiredsafety.org/index.htmlCyberbully: http://www.cyberbully.org/Cyberbullying: http://www.cyberbullying.us/anecdotes.phpSafe Kids: http://www.safekids.com/