Internet & Social Media Safety

  • The School City of Hobart teaches Internet Safety to all students K-12, and also speaks directly on social media and safety.  It is our goal that our students learn to use technology safely and responsibly.  Though there are huge benefits to the Internet and social media, there are also significant dangers for users who aren't taught how to navigate safely.  We encourage parents to learn as much as they can about the technology their children use, and actively engage with them.

    Here are resources to help parents protect kids online.

    Social Media Safety Presentation for Parents - This is a PDF of our parent presentation.  It provides some information as well as links to resources from our live Social Media Safety presentations that we periodically hold for parents at our schools.

    Common Sense Media is an outstanding website for parents to find age-appropriate material.  We highly recommend taking a look at the site.

    NetSmartz is a great website for information about Internet Safety, privacy, social media and more!  This site has so much information and lots of resources.  We use them ourselves!

    Popular Teen App List - for Parents  -  Take a look at SmartSocial.com's list of good and bad teen apps that parents should know about.  They'll let you know if they are good or bad, and they'll tell you how they came to that determination.  Check it out!

    Google's Be Internet Awesome guide for families - This guide is designed for families to use at home. There is also a link to Internet Awesome games children can play to learn more, Google's family management tools, and Ralp Breaks the Internet learning tools.

     

    Cell Phones/Mobile Devices

    Cell phones and other mobile devices are the biggest concern as children have these "on-the-go" and are constantly accessing them.  The fact that they are mobile also makes it easier for children and teens to hide the contents and use.  There are plenty of ways to still maintain control and help keep your kids safe if they must have a cell phone.

    Most big cell carriers provide options for parent controls on mobile devices.  These are generally the best options to manage and monitor a child's use, but there are other options that are great as well.  Below is a list of options available to parents to help monitor use.

    • Verizon Wireless - Verizon Smart Family is an extra addon that allows parents to monitor and control their child's phone directly from their own.

    • AT&T - AT&T Secure Family is an addon from this carrier with similar options as Verizon Smart Family.

    • T-Mobile - T-Mobile has Family Allowances which provides parents with a number of good options, though it doesn't seem as robust as some of the other carriers.

    • Google Family Link - Family Link is a fantastic FREE option that works best on Android devices (though it also works on iOS with limited features).

    • iOS (iPhones/iPads) - Parent Controls built into iOS are FREE and can provide iOS users with quite a few options.

    • DinnerTime - DinnerTime is a FREE app that lets parents "blackout" their child's phone during certain hours or times when they want them focused on something else (like dinner or sleep!)