Tips for Kids: Summertime Internet Use

Jun 25, 2012

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With summer here, children have more time on their hands; many of them spend their time online. We notice that Internet activity increases among our customers and that there is an increase in the number of inappropriate web sites blocked during the months of June through August.

Since kids are online more, it's important to help keep them safe and productive.

ePals is the largest social learning networking site designed for children and teachers. With a focus on creating a safe and secure education experience for children online, ePals offers five tips for protecting kids online, especially in the summer months.

  1. Understand that consumer social media and social learning platforms are not the same. Social learning platforms exist so students can spend time learning while having a social experience.
  2. Only allow your kids to visit safe and secure social networking sites. Find sites that have content and language filters as well as forums that are screened for appropriate material. Some top kid-friendly sites are listed here.
  3. Address cyber bullying. Teach your child how to recognize, avoid, and report cyberbullies.
  4. Don't let learning stop just because school is out. Consider getting your child involved in a social learning platform and don't forget to set time controls so endless hours are not wasted online.
  5. Encourage global interaction in safe learning environments. K-12 social learning platforms offer language translation technology, so students can improve their language skills and prepare for future encounters in our increasingly interconnected world.

Take advantage of the tools available to help your child stay safe and involved online. Make this one a fun and productive summer for your child.

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