In this day and age, parents of teens and even pre-teens can never say it enough: You have to be careful what you post online.
As the father of a 10-year-old who has just discovered the joys of social-media sharing with Instagram, I certainly understand this well. And I appreciate any outside help I can get on reinforcing the message of online safety.
This Sunday, a Disney Channel live-action comedy will try to drive home the point during the launch of a campaign to help kids safely navigate the Internet and other digital platforms.
This weekend’s “Dog With A Blog” episode will draw some laughs about the serious topic of what happens when someone posts something online and has to deal with the consequences. Disney Channel teamed with Common Sense Media to create the episode about online safety and etiquette, and the network will air a public service announcement about the topic after the show.
In that PSA, the “Dog With A Blog” cast will discuss responsible online activity for both teens and for parents. You can even catch an advance of the PSA here.
In the “Dog With A Blog” episode Sunday, titled “My Parents Posted What?!,” Avery’s parents discover that she’s created an online account after being told not to do so. In an effort to teach her a lesson, her parents post silly pictures of themselves on her homepage, but the plan backfires when they inadvertently add a video that gets passed around at Avery’s school.
Adam Bonnett, the executive vice president of original programming at Disney Channel, told “The Hollywood Reporter” recently that the writers and producers of the show wanted to “tell a story that, honestly, has never been told on Disney Channel before.”
In 2012, Disney Channel went to Common Sense Media for advice on its anti-cyber bullying campaign, as well.
“Dog With A Blog” airs Sunday at 8 p.m. locally.