Faith and Safety: Keeping Children Safe on the Web
July 02, 2013. (Romereports.com) How safe are children on the web? What social networks are safe to use and why? How can they make the most of the electronic devices they use? The U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops has teamed up with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to launch ‘Faith and Safety’, a new website to help parents keep their kids safe on the web.
The site is full of tips on how to secure devices and networks, but it also features thought provoking advice. Social networks and websites are reviewed one by one and their use is recommended on an age based scale. Facebook, for example, is suggested for 13 year olds or older.
The website even grades the presence of sexual content, violence and consumerism. ‘Faith and Safety’ also reviews cellphones that are made especially for kids that can block unwanted calls, set time limits for phone usage and those that allow parents to find their children through a GPS system.
Another interesting feature is a section that reviews apps. For each of them, an ideal age is recommended. It grades the overall quality and educational potential.
‘Faith and Safety’ is constantly updated. Its blog alone has thousands of views and among its contributors, there’s American Bishop John Wester, of Salt Lake City.