Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online This Summer from BBB
Thursday, June 18, 2015
In an effort to help parents protect their children online, the Better Business Bureau serving Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont offers tips to avoid the most prevalent risks that children may encounter.
Talking to your children about online presence is recommended. Also learn what apps your children are using and figure out whether there is risk or not.
Here is a list of the most prevalent risks that children may encounter online:
- Bullying and harassment- This is most likely to occur through social networking sites. The online safety website Safekids.com has a page of resources to help you deal with cyberbullying.
- Reputation-harming online posts- Online is forever and posts will always be on the Internet, so children should watch what they post.
- Phishing attempts and identity theft- Children should never share their email and password. Keep operating systems and security software up-to-date.
- Online stalkers/predators- Any communication your child has with an unknown person online that veers into subjects like sex or physical details should be ended at once and reported to you. Call your local police department if you suspect your child is being contacted for sexual reasons.
Teach your children that they should never give out personal information (including their name, home address, telephone number, age, race, school name or location, or friends' names) or use a credit card online without your permission.
Related Slideshow: What Central Massachusettsans Used to Do in the Summer
White City on Lake Quinsigamond
A beloved must do of the summer was visiting White City in Shrewsbury on Lake Quinsigamond.
Founded in 1905, this amusement park was open for 55 seasons.
Attractions of the park included midway, a fun house, roller-skating rink, a penny arcade, concession stands, rides, sideshow acts, and a roller coaster.
The White City Plaza shopping center was built on the land after the park closed.
Girl Scout Camp Bonnie Brae
Many Girl Scouts of Central Massachusetts spent their summers at Camp Bonnie Brae in East Otis.
Camp Bonnie Brae is the longest, most continuously-run Girl Scout camp in the United States.
The camp will celebrate its 95th Anniversary on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Whalom Park , an amusement park located on Lake Whalom in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, was founded in 1893 by the Fitchburg & Leominster Street Railway.
At the time of its closing in 2000, it was the 13th oldest amusement park in the United States.
One of the park's most talked about ride was the "Flyer Comet" wooden roller coaster.
Although many are now closed, a popular pastime in Central Massachusetts was going to the drive-in.
The Edgemere Drive-In located in Shrewsbury, MA, pictured on the right, was one of the best in the area.
This drive-in had the capacity for up to 1,000 cars.
After serving residents of Central Mass since 1955, the Edgemere Drive-In finally closed in September 2001.
Photo credit: Chris1982
Picnic at Bancroft Tower
On a beautiful summer day, families in Worcester picnicked on the grounds of Bancroft Tower.
Before the entrance to the tower was padlocked, children wasted whole afternoons exploring its secret rooms and dark crevices.
Photo credit: Anatoli Lvov (Creative Commons)
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