Last year, I read a very sad story of a school girl who committed suicide because of cyber bullying. As soon as I read the news, I posted it to my facebook wall so that more parents could learn about this and take precautions for their children.
I’ve read a couple of posts on the use of facebook and other social networks to teach English. But, I’ve great fears about that. According to Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA), children (under 13) aren’t allowed to create an account on web sites without verified parental permission. If you know any information about a child under age 13 on facebook, please contact facebook through this help page and report an underage child!
You also need to get parental consent to publish children’s personal information on the internet. “A study last year found that one in four U.K. Internet users aged 8 to 12 had profiles on Facebook, Bebo or MySpace.” (forbes.com) I guess it’s more in Turkey.
I think we can’t and shouldn’t keep our kids away from internet. When I was searching for a safe harbour for kids, I heard reputation of one on Wall Street Journal and New York Times. That “safebook” is Togetherville. It has been approved and authorized as a safe tool according to COPPA and it’s been validated by eTrust and Connectsafely.
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