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At the Beau Biden Foundation, we talk a lot about how parents and teachers can keep students safe from online predators. Students are spending more time online this fall – learning, gaming, and connecting with friends. We talk a lot about how important it is that teachers and other professionals on the front lines of protecting students have the tools they need to protect children in online classrooms.

This article, from the New York Times, speaks to how parents can build a “safe digital environment” for their online learners. It’s full of great ideas, some of which the Beau Biden Foundation talks about often.

  1. Talk to your child about privacy, and find out what it means to them. If you can understand a child’s anxieties, you can help them find ways to safely learn online.
  2. Talk to your child about their webcam. If they’re uncomfortable using it, talk to them – and their teacher – about different options.
  3. Talk to your child’s school, research the platforms the school is using, familiarize yourself with the platform’s privacy settings, and know what data about your child is being collected.

Online learning will be a reality for millions of students and their families this fall. It’s the responsibility of all adults – parents, teachers, school administrators – to do whatever they can to protect children and keep them safe.

Online Workshop Protecting Children in a Virtual Learning Environment

It is critical for teachers, mentors, and coaches to know how to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect both in-person and through virtual interaction. You can help protect children with our online abuse prevention workshops for educators and youth-serving professionals Protecting Children in a Virtual Learning Environment. Register now at www.BeauBidenFoundation.org/Workshops.

Want to learn how to protect children from online predators?

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