NPR’s ToTN ran a piece yesterday on Online Safety that references lots of good data and the Internet Safety Technical Task Force report. Guests included three experts on this topic: Lenore Skenazy (author of Free Range Kids), Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Janis Wolak (UNH). It is rare that one hears such a nuanced conversation about the fact that 1 in 7 youth receive an online solicitation — both a scary notion on its face but also something that needs to be understood in context.
I was most impressed by the parents who called in to the show and their level of knowledge and sophistication about how to help their kids be safe online. It’s such a complicated issue, but one where common sense shared with kids can go a very long way, as these parents demonstrate.