By Nat Wood
Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, Federal Trade Commission
May 8, 2018 4:32 p.m.
Yesterday First Lady Melania Trump introduced her initiative to help children everywhere be their best. At her launch event at the White House, the First Lady distributed copies of Talking with Kids About Being Online, a guide to help parents and other adults have thoughtful conversations with kids about being safe and responsible online. We’re excited that the First Lady is sharing this important information with families across the country.
The FTC worked with children’s advocates, tech companies, and law enforcers to come up with the advice in the guide. They told us that while kids value the opinion of their peers, most tend to rely on their parents for help on the issues that matter most. That advice has proven true over the years. That’s why many school systems have shared it with every middle school student.
If you’d like to order our guide to chatting with kids about being onlineto share in your community, it’s available for free from FTC.gov/BulkOrder. We’ve recently updated and improved the guide to cover mobile apps and other trending tech.
In an introduction to the guide distributed at her launch event, the First Lady said:
“The lessons in this booklet can help kids act thoughtfully and kindly. I hope you will use it to have conversations with children about appropriate conduct online and using social media responsibly.”