Monthly Archives: June 2007
Since June is internet safety month, I will be posting relevant articles that I find throughout the month.
Monitoring kids online: Parents are better safety check than software
By Tom Abate , Scripps Howard
Neil Rubenking, lead software analyst for PC Magazine, shared his personal strategy for exercising parental control over how his two children surf the World Wide Web:
“I’m sitting in my home office and through the door, I can see my kids,” he said, adding that putting computers in common rooms, rather than bedrooms, is one low-tech way he has chosen to protect his 11- and 14-year-olds from either straying into or seeking out the seamy side of cyberspace.
Internet Safety Month, Part 8: Social Networking Safety
This month, I have been posting a series of essays about how parents can deal with potentially objectionable online content or contacts to coincide with “National Internet Safety Month.” (Here are parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7). In this series, I have been talking about how parents need to adopt a “layered” approach to online child protection that involves many tools and strategies. And such an approach is certainly needed to address social networking activities.
Resources for Keeping our Kids Safe Online
As our children grow up in the internet age, they are embracing an exciting new way to learn through technology. There are so many positive educational lessons that we can all learn with the age of the internet. Schools are utilizing blogs, wikis, IM, web pages and more in the classroom. Children are collaborating with other children around the world on projects. The sky is the limit with the potential of the world wide web.
But unfortunately there is a dark side to the internet, which brings to light the internet safety education that parents, teachers, lawmakers and the community need to teach our children. We can never be too diligent for keeping our kids safe. Realizing that you cannot protect kids from everything through filters and blockers, we must educate them as we do with other potential dangers like stranger safety, so they are informed and aware of their surroundings.
Here are some wonderful resources when researching internet safety for children:
Be Web Aware
Technorati Tags: internet+safety
Congress passed a May 16 resolution declaring June as National Internet Safety Month. According to the resolution, 35 million US school children have Internet access and one-third of students in grades five through 12 can circumvent Internet filters.
Also in the news, a Superior Court judge has granted a new trial for a Norwich substitute teacher whose faulty computer popped up pornographic images in her classroom. These facts pose many questions for educators as they try to best incorporate technology for teaching while at the same time keeping students safe from inappropriate web exposure.
Although school is out for the summer, many technology educators use this downtime to upgrade IT systems and review technology policies and procedures. While the internet itself remains a force to be reckoned with, using internet filtering and restriction solutions as well as educating students and faculty about the dangers of the internet is becoming a mandate in schools due to legislative and ethical concerns.
While no solution is 100% foolproof, there are filtering and security solutions that can be installed, web policies that can be imposed and student-safe search engines that can be utilized. Students need to be taught about internet safety –like what to do if they come across questionable online material, not to give out personal information and to use discretion on social sites.
1) Visit Centennial Olympic Park – it’s free and right next to the GWCC. http://www.centennialpark.com/
2) Eat at the Hard Rock Cafe – walking distance at Peachtree and International. Rock out and have lunch. http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/cafes.aspx?LocationID=103&MenuID=15&MIBEnumID=3
3) Go to the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and see all of Atlanta. There is also a bar/restaurant at the top. It does cost $5.00 if you are not staying there, but is well worth it for a one time visit. We took friends from Switzerland and they loved it.
4) Looking for southern food? Check out barbeque at Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack. http://www.fatmattsribshack.com/
5) Visit Piedmont Park and eat at the Park Tavern. Drinks on the patio with live music on weekends. Watch the people play in the park and chomp on sweet potato fries. http://tavern.parktavern.com/
6) Going to the clubs? Visit Midtown and stop by the many clubs. Shout and much more. Dress codes vary. http://atlanta.nightguide.com/nl1mi.htm
7) Tour CNN Center. I love Headline News and this behind the scenes tour is a must for CNN lovers. http://www.cnn.com/tour/atlanta/
8) Visit Virginia-Highland for some laid back dining and eclectic shops. Moe’s & Joe’s is a classic with Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap. Atkins Park Tavern is one of many wonderful watering holes.
9) Shop at the variety of malls – Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=207in Buckhead are favorites.
10) If you have time, drive up to Lake Lanier Islands http://www.lakelanierislands.com/content.asp?pid=2 or Stone Mountain Park http://www.stonemountainpark.com/.
11) Six Flags will feed your adventurous side. http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia/index.aspx
12) The new World of Coke http://www.woccatlanta.com/ has just opened up next to the Georgia Aquarium http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/. The NECC opening reception is at the Aquarium. It’s amazing – bring your badge for free admission.
13) Go to the Ted and see the Braves game. It’s a spectacle of delight. http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/index.jsp
14) Stop by the Varsity and order up greasy food just as decades of Ga. Tech students have done in the past. http://www.thevarsity.com/
15) Looking for some punk rock and people watching? Visit Little Five Points for some funky shops, cool record stores and tasty Fellini’s pizza. I just think of the movie Pretty in Pink and Molly Ringwald when I go there. http://www.l5p.com/
Order sweet tea somewhere. Anywhere.
Don’t bring up the Civil War. And if you hear anyone mention anything about it, don’t say anything. Just don’t. It still lives on here. (and I’m a northerner)
If you hear “Bless Your Heart” – that’s a cover for you’re an idiot
Don’t ask for a Pepsi.
If you are driving and hear traffic reports:
The connector is 75/85 through downtown
The perimeter is 285 that circles atlanta
Spaghetti junction is where 85 meets 285
These are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some local links for more researching to plan your trip.
Enjoy from NetSupport Software, Booth 2130!
Atlanta Calendar of Events
Things to See and Do
AOL Cityguide Atlanta
There was an eye-opening article recently in Glamour magazine about the onslaught of sexual marketing messages our sweet preschoolers are exposed to and the effects it has on them.
The Bratz dolls are a key example.
As a mom of a 4 year old, you bet I’m concerned.
Here’s the link to the article: