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Let's move a lot of Mary -- -- -- is live for us via satellite.
She is with the children's online safety -- she is a an expert president of your spirit media incorporated.
Good to see you here this morning.
Good to see -- RS -- -- talk now about kid friendly social media sites you're in San Francisco you say that the social media are shaping our youth and it's important that we know what is safe out there for the Indy you.
That's true and it's really great to be here to talk about all of the positive things and a healthy changes that are taking place.
For kids in social media and -- that parents can be excited and not concerned.
So whether Harris -- the fact that parents are understanding.
It's not put to good thing for their kids to fudge about their ages to be on an adult contended social network where there is a minimum age requirement.
Are whether it's the fact that.
Thank goodness just like -- -- television industry that used to just be a couple of big networks there's no -- specific social networks.
For privacy is important safety comes first.
But there's really rich and rewarding inning ending gauging experience -- awaits kids in social media and that's what a lot of the great thing federally -- I'm raising a as soon to be three year old and a five year old and already my five year old can navigate my iPad better than I -- now I have to keep very close watch on her.
At home I put together some controls we have a Wi-Fi system I've made sure it's difficult for her to do certain things and she never sits alone.
With any device -- she's five.
You say that there are Safeway select your kids surf the net because I mean once they reach a certain age their -- to sit there hold -- hand.
No of course not but what parental involvement parental education.
An understanding that there are.
Safe ways to make sure that that iPad is family friendly safety and -- that's great for your kids that when it comes to social media.
Gone are the days for kids just have to have participated in the FaceBook or MySpace or Twitter.
There -- kids social networks where the content is age appropriate.
It offers an engaging learning experience like the one that we operate your -- As well as teaching kids terrorists I'm a much needed digital literacy and education skills that they frankly don't get in the classroom.
You fighting or some sites that maybe are directed toward kids and I don't know if you can answer this question.
But but really shouldn't they are are there are some red flags out there.
Oh gosh there's tons there's tons -- red -- first of all.
Any site that requires.
A child to be at least thirteen years of age news.
Immediately when your child's not thirteen they should not be participating on that site.
Because those sites after children.
Four personally identifiable information Harris that they should never provide.
That's why it's critically important that when it comes to children and social networking that they're not on site that asks for middle name last name.
The school they go to their cell phone number all of that puts a child's online privacy and rest.
And as well most social networking profiles again that are you know mainstream and not intended for children.
They -- profiles often times our -- set to public.
And again doesn't put a child's online safety and privacy first so that's the great thing at the great change that's happening.
That is now available for kids so that they can be immersed in environments.
Where safety and privacy your key.
But but also because there's so many good things -- for kids to benefit from social media the digital literacy skills that are part of growing up.
I mean those those sources are now available OK tell us where.
Yours -- dot com for example one as well as just search parents can search.
Kids only social networks and find those banner available -- -- -- are offering an age appropriate experience you worst.
-- dot com and you know one thing we didn't talk about and we've run out of time unfortunately but I'm hoping that you have some information on the web -- to.
Bullying online I mean we can protect kids from sexual stuff from things that we deem -- appropriate but I don't know that we can protect kids from each other.
No we can't but we can create change -- we teach kids how other words can hurt another person.
What cyber bullying of course is and how they can be sure not to participate.
-- that's part of creating a cultural change which is.
You know one that's so necessary.
And there is the opportunity for kids there is there is information for parents your -- for parents about.
How parents can have a conversation dialogue with your kids about cyber bullying but we have to rely on kids to help.
Teach them -- given the opportunity to empower them to make the change to that cyber bullying.
Isn't the problem tomorrow but it is today.
Your spirit dot com your -- media incorporated.
Child online safety expert Mary -- hole here to talk with us about it this morning.
Thank you so very much have a great holiday weekend.
Thank you YouTube parent.
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