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Talking Points with Your Children

  • Have family guidelines for appropriate use of computers, cell phones, tablets, and other technology:
    • How much time per day?
    • What types of websites can we access?
    • Do the parents know the child's passwords on Instagram, Facebook, email accounts, so they can monitor?
    • What is the turn-off time on school days? On weekends? How is it monitored?
    • What apps are allowed on cell phones and tablets?
  • Protect online privacy
    • What is your digital footprint?
    • Keep private your full name, phone number, e-mail or other personal information on public websites
    • Keep personal information private with people you do not know
  • Prevent cyberbullying
  • Practive digital citizenship
    • Use "netiquette"
    • Cite sources of information when researching for class projects
    • Realize that personal and legal consequences exist for misusing technology:
        • Avoid copyright infringement on movies, music, images
        • Understand that prospective employers and universities are now checking Instagram, Facebook and other social media as part of their screening process