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Internet Safety DVD Review by Christy Sensenig

The Safe Side Company
Julie Clark and John Walsh
9285 Teddy Lane #215
Lone Tree, CO 80124

This high-energy DVD, Internet Safety, was created by Julie Clark of Baby Einstein and John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. It will give you much to talk about with your children. Along with the 42-minute DVD, the package also includes a "hot tips" mini poster, a Safe Side wristband, and a free MP3 download. The video is also available in VHS. The DVD includes a 30-minute Internet safety video, two music videos, Hot Tips summary, a blooper reel, and a Password Protected Parents section. It presents the timely subject of Internet safety in a fun and entertaining manner and is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

The humor used in the DVD makes it very entertaining to watch. "Safe Side Superchick" guides the viewer through the topics on the video (chat rooms, emails, personal information, and more). She dramatizes various scenarios that could occur and gives the viewer an idea of how to react in those situations. The music videos included in the DVD are equally humorous to watch, providing a fun approach to a normally scary topic. I like that approach, especially with young children. It enables the parent to offer this topic in a relaxed manner and thereby encourages good conversation during the program and afterwards. Some topics could be scary for children under 7 years old. So following the recommended viewing age of 7 and up is a good idea.

I would recommend this video for parents who are looking for a fun and entertaining way to introduce this topic to their children. This is a product that I would buy for myself and for family and friends who have young children. It is an invaluable resource for your homeschool that you will want to use time and time again!

Product review by Christy Sensenig, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May 2007