Sunday, February 15, 2009

Smart Teens= Safe Teens

MomCentral asked me to clue you all in on a new teen website designed to, "Educate, engage, and empower kids as Internet users."

Now, in case your teen is looking over your shoulder, reading that description and stifling a yawn, you should both know that is really laid out well, with a comic, videos and bios of the NSTeens to keep you both interested (and aware).

When you first get to the site, you might want to check out the NSTeens Bios. From Allie, the new girl, to everyone's BFF, Tad, the football player, your teen is sure to find someone they can relate to (for example, Tad reminds me of a very real friend of the Owl's).

Next, head on over to the Comic entitled, "How Much is Too Much," which deals with just how much (and how little) personal information your teen should be sharing when they go online.

I recommend the fast-paced Videos next. Set to music, they, like the comic, cover all the important aspects of online privacy, and include tips to help your teen deal with (and refraining from participating in) cyberbullying.

Lastly, here's something you won't want to miss, as a parent, and will definitely want to share with your kids: Click on the link (bottom right corner) to the Real Life Stories from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

To me, that last link is the real meat-and-potatoes of the NSTeens site, though the comics, bios and videos will probably initially have more appeal for your teen, since they are better "eye candy."

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