MakePi talks digital safety and cyberbullying
Digital Safety – The Basics
MakePi feels strongly about maintaining digital safety and we urge all parents and educators to discuss it with their children and students. We earnestly desire that users of the MakePad, or any technology for that matter, become responsible digital citizens.
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the basics of digital safety. You can find some guidance, tailored to younger kids and pre-teens here: http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
In summary, it is imperative that kids do not share personal information or photos of themselves, or meet up in person with anyone they met online, without first consulting their parents or caregivers. It is vital that kids inform their parents or caregivers if something they come across makes them feel uncomfortable or if someone says something to them online that is mean, offensive or derogatory. It is also important to, in consultation with parents or caregivers, establish clear rules and boundaries for using the internet and social media.
These rules serve to protect children from those trying to cause them harm, including cyberbullies.
The Scourge of Cyber Bullying
What is cyberbullying? Stopbullying.gov defines it as “bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets… [it] includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or meaningful content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.”
In the news, we often read accounts of appalling cyberbullying and the tragic consequences of this terrible behavior. Indeed, cyberbullying is insidious, pervasive and destructive. It is a huge issue. According to dosomething.org, nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online and 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
Therefore, we urge you to apply the suggestions above and to do some further research about digital safety with your children. And, of course, seek out computer-based educational resources you can trust.
No Need to Fear When Using the MakePad
It goes without saying that here a MakePi we’re passionate about computer science. We designed and produced a DIY tablet for kids that teaches them how to code. While we want kids to engage with the world of computer science, and delve deep into the ins and outs of how it all works, we also desire them to be responsible digital citizens and equipped to protect themselves online.
We’ve also done our part to ensure the MakePad is safe and user-friendly. It is totally free from harmful and inappropriate content. Not to mention an Internet connection is not even required to make the most of the device and for kids to learn how to code.
For more information about our MakePad or to learn about the latest news in computer science and online safety, be sure to visit www.makepi.com. In the meantime, check out what we are doing here at MakePi by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
And we assure you, our website and social media pages are safe for kids, display only appropriate content, and are always moderated. Enjoy!