Girl Scouts aim to make web browsing safer
When you think of internet safety, Girl Scouts are probably not the first thing to come to mind, but they are becoming some of the leading advocates for the cause.
Girl Scouts have partnered with Microsoft Windows to create an internet safety campaign. It’s intended to educate teens and parents about the dangers of the world wide web.
“There’s not a lot of resources for teens to learn about the issues that are out there with cyber bullying, online sexual predators, sexting; there’s so many ways that they are unsafe out there right now if they don’t know what to do and I’m really hoping that this will educate them and really make them safe,” said Cindy Kelley-Deaton.
The Girl Scouts have come up with two websites to serve as educational resources.
Letmeknow.girlscouts.org is a site for parents, and lmk.girlscouts.org is for teens. Your teen daughter will tell you l-m-k is text talk for ‘let me know’. You can also log onto nccoastalpines.org for general information.
Natalie Malpass is a freshman at East Columbus High School, and a leader of the national campaign. “There are some very bad people on the internet and they can use that and they can find out where you are, who you are, where you live, they can find out a lot of stuff about you that you don’t want them knowing.”
Not only does this program teach online safety, it bridges the digital generation gap between teens and parents.
“It tells you what to ask your children, it tells you how to communicate with them, and what they’re doing, because a lot of the stuff, we don’t know what they’re doing, so our website that’s just for the parents and the e-mail we get every month, the e-newsletter, that tells us how to communicate with our girls,” said Natalie’s mother Amy Malpass.
The Girl Scouts hope by taking this initiative, their friends and their parents can feel safer about surfing the web this summer.
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