Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others have joined forces with the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to build A Platform for Good. According to an article in Mashable.com, this new resource “provides teens, parents and teachers the tools to raise awareness about efficient online safety practices.” The hope is that teens, not the most security-minded Internet users, will learn how to use the Internet and social networking in a way that’s safe and protects their computer and themselves from falling prey to malware and scams.
The site’s resources section covers Internet safety categories such as: Social Media, Safety and Security, Bullying and Privacy. There are even ways for teens to become active in telling others about online safety by clicking on the Volunteer Opportunities tab.
Teens are exposed to information concerning setting up security, privacy, and proper use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, Instagram, and LinkedIn; all under the Social Media tab. If perhaps you don’t recognize some of these names; ask your teen about them and/or look them up on Wikipedia.org.
I applaud these companies for getting involved in the important effort of educating our teenaged future adults in the safe use of the Internet and how to be good Digital Citizens. Then…in the future, maybe they’ll be better, safer, more responsible Internet users than the current ones have turned out to be.
Reference: Mashable Lifestyle article
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