Yes, the Internet is a scary place. Everyone--except those Living Under a Rock at the Bottom of the Sea--knows that Missouri Mom Lori Drew was just indicted in the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier. Megan killed herself after Drew employed the help of another kiddo to concoct a fake MySpace identity & basically stalk the fragile teen. And after Drew's fake online identity--a 16-year-old cyber-"hunk" named Josh--dumped on Megan online, the little girl killed herself--a tragic ending to a sad, sad story. Drew was indicted in LA under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Internet Security is a HUGE concern--especially among parents with teens & tweens--and has been for some time. Far be it from Your Humble Scribe to criticize the School District for trying to keep its Cherubs safe. But the Internet Security training program that they just purchased--which involves teachers watching a series of videos online & then printing out a certificate that exclaims that we are "Certified"--is a tad sketch, as Our Cherubs would say. The videos contain lots & lots of helpful definitions--one can learn about "screen names," "Internet slang," & "online predators." And, since the "course" includes watching the videos but not taking any kind of test after the viewing, one can turn on a required video, then walk away & come back later--it's the ultimate multi-tasking scenario.
So, we watched our videos, made dinner, folded the laundry, yelled at Ella Numera Dos, commiserated with The Hubby, put the leftovers away, tapped on the keyboard for another video, etc. All. Nite. Long. And we printed out our "Certificate" this a.m. The Cherubs at Our Humble High School probably won't be any safer for our efforts--or lack thereof. We do think, however, that Internet Safety is a convo we all should be having with the teenyboppers in our lives. Fo Shizzle. LOL.