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October 14, 2011
Topics: Safety

Do You Have a Safety Pledge?

It’s not always easy giving tweens rules and guidelines but we believe having open communication within the household is very important. One way to encourage open communication is to post Internet safety rules and sign safety pledges that can posted at home. Our partner, Netsmartz, has sample safety pledges for all ages.

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October 14, 2011

Facebook for Educators

bNetS@vvy is a comprehensive Internet safety website, brought to you by the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEAHIN) in partnership with Sprint, and with editorial review by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. bNetS@vvy provides up-to-date information about online trends and behavior, and offers practical cyber safety tools for use in the home and the classroom. Our goal is to help parents and educators guide children towards the safe and savvy use of social technology. Share your comments or suggestions by e-mail to

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October 13, 2011

Adults Who Can't Kick the Social Tech Habit

As parents and educators, we worry about children who spend too much of their days in front of a screen — a TV, computer, or smartphone. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 spend 10 hours and 45 minutes per week “media multi-tasking,” and the result for many is a decline in grades and an uptick in troubled behavior.

To help combat this trend, parents are...

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October 13, 2011

Which Social Media Site Is Your Child Visiting?

These days tweens are masters at navigating the Internet. Have you ever wondered what they do for hours and where they go while online? Well bNetS@vvy has compiled a list of social networking sites that may be popular with your tween. As a parent or guardian it is important to understand the guidelines and rules associated with each site. Some social networking sites have age limits; others are open for any age group and may post information in appropriate for underage viewers. Most social media sites have chat features so it is important that tweens understand the dangers that may...

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October 13, 2011

President Obama proclaims October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It is officially October and today the President has declared October 2011 Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

We often forget how inundated we can get with our day-to-day online activites. It’s second nature to chat online, make purchases online or send confidential content through cyberspace. No matter how common these activites can be for us, we must always remember that we should act responsibly when posting content and personal information online.

The White House has implemented their

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