In exchange for sharing these tips for keeping kids safe online I will receive one copy of The Lorax from Partner’s Hub. All opinions expressed here are my own.
When my children were little it was relatively easy to keep them safe. The stayed with me at all times…I was there to catch them if they fell and kiss any and all booboos that needed attention. Now that they are teens it is alot harder to keep them safe. They are not with me 24/7 anymore. They want to go off with their friends without mom trailing along behind them watching their backs. They want to read more and more adult themed books, listen to music with lyrics I just pray they don’t understand, and they are starting to use the internet more and more. Between school research projects and social media they are exposed to an awful lot of stuff online and not all of it is kid friendly. Keeping kids safe online is a big responsibility and I feel like I am constantly struggling to keep up with the changes in technology! If you feel the same way then I hope you appreciate these tips for keeping kids safe online as well as the Growing Up Online Blog App below!
Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online
1. Keep the computer in a common area: Children do not need privacy when on the internet. Too many things can be done in the privacy of a bedroom without the possibility of an adult looking over their shoulder. Keep computers out of the bedroom and set up a computer desk in the living room instead.
2. Maintain access to their online accounts: Keeping kids safe online means knowing exactly what they are doing on the internet and who they are chatting with. Make sure that you are given user names and passwords for social media accounts and email programs. Log in periodically so you can see what sort of language is being used and the types of pictures being uploaded.
3. Educate yourself about basic computer knowledge. Knowing how to check the recent history of your browser is the easiest way to track the websites your kids are visiting. And if someone besides YOU clears the search history that is a red flag that your kids may be looking for something online that they shouldn’t be!
4. Talk to your kids about the importance of keeping personal information out of their online profiles. The first thing I did when my daughter started her Instagram account was to remove the name of the elementary school from her profile. She knew not to use her real name but didn’t understand why her school shouldn’t be listed on there. And many social media sites allow for private accounts so that only certain people can follow them and must be approved. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all have privacy settings that you should explore when setting up accounts.
5. Use a program for blocking inappropriate material. There are many software programs and firewalls that will block any material that is suspicious from being clicked on. It can have it’s drawbacks, however. Searching for ‘breast cancer’ may come up as red flag just because the word ‘breast’ is on the web page. Look at user ratings and decide which one of them is best for your situation.
The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet! Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!
Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App below and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web!
Be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online.
To help raise awareness and spread the word about this free ebook and blog app geared towards keeping kids safe online I am giving away a DVD/Blu Ray combo pack of The Lorax movie by Dr. Seuss. You will need to check out the blog app above and take the quiz to enter! This is a Giveaway Tools contest so follow the directions in the form to enter!
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