Gone are the days when children marched off to the library to do research. Today, the Internet is the first place children go to do research for school projects. As young people get settled with the start of the new school year, Time Warner Cable and Common Sense Media have teamed up to help parents teach their children to make safe, smart and ethical decisions when going online.
“The Internet is a tremendous asset providing young people with an invaluable tool for learning and doing research for school projects,” said Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “We’re pleased to partner with Common Sense Media to provide parents with tips and resources on how to teach their children to safely use the Internet. Our new ‘Back to School’ campaign is our latest initiative and we are happy make these resources available to our customers and the general public.”
"Kids today are connected 24/7, and all this media and technology at their fingertips presents fantastic opportunities for life and learning, but with it comes risks. Our mission at Common Sense Media is to raise a generation of young people who are smart and responsible digital citizens," said Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media. "We provide trustworthy information, tools and guidance to keep kids safe online and are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable to help make these resources available to a broader audience."
Parents and children can visit TWC.com/WebSafety to access tips, videos, tools and other materials on how to safely navigate and utilize the Internet. These resources provide valuable information on how parents can teach their children to conduct safe and effective online searches through the importance of using correct search terms and pointing out advertisements that contain sponsored links.
Families visiting the website can download a free “Back to School Internet Quick Guide” that provides useful tips and advice to follow when utilizing the Internet for school. The guide also provides a list of recommended websites that promote and enhance the learning of math and science.
To give children a fun way to track their progress in learning about Internet Safety, the website includes a downloadable Family Media Agreement. The website additionally features the 1-to-1 Essentials Program, which was created by Common Sense Media to enable parents, teachers and administrators to maximize the benefits of school technology programs.