Girl Scouts of Western Washington has joined the national partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft Windows, called LMK (“let me know”) – an online safety resource where girls are the technology experts on subjects that are often best discussed at a teen-to-teen level, like cyberbullying, predators and social networking.
This girl-led campaign allows girls to share their online concerns with peer “tech-perts” about the issues that affect them while raising awareness about how to help keep girls (ages 13–17) safe while surfing the Web. Additionally, parents have access to a site specifically geared to their needs, equipping them with the tools necessary to understand and act on the rapidly changing world of online safety.
Have your daughter sign the Internet Safety Pledge:
Internet Safety Pledge
Traveling through cyberspace can be fun, but like any trip you take you have to “Be Prepared” for unforeseen things. So, read this before you go any further. Then print this page out and discuss it with your parent or guardian.
- I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’/guardians’ work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’/guardians’ permission.
- I will tell an adult right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
- I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents/guardians. If my parents/guardians agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my parent or guardian along.
- I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents/guardians.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents/guardians right away so that they can contact the online service.
- I will talk with my parents/guardians so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
Girl Name __________________________________ Date __________________
Parent/Guardian __________________________________ Date __________________
Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.