Let’s face it, our kids are using the internet whether or not we want them to. A decade ago, parents and teachers tried to restrict internet access, believing they’d succeed. However, internet availability is too widespread that our kids are extremely tech-savvy now. It’s best to meet them halfway – give in gracefully, but with a mutually acceptable set of rules and modes to help them use the internet positively.
Taking a break from social media can be a way to relax a bit and think more, and for some families it is also a way to enforce general household rules.
These are trying times online.News stories proliferate about bad behavior such as cyberbullying, doxing, swatting and online harassment. From fake news to hacking to online trolls, the Internet has never seemed so concerning.
Google made a bit of history by opening up its universe of apps and services to users under 13 as their parents design it. Family Link, the name of the new parental control toolset, describes it well: Parents download the tools to their own and the kids’ devices, then link them up for a whole family’s real-time digital device management.
Technology has taken over our daily lives. There are many instances where life passes us by because our eyes are glued to our tiny devices. As a way to minimize our daily technology intake, here are a few helpful tips:
If you were to Google your child today what would pop up? Would that article they wrote for their school’s newspaper show up? How about that class award they just received? Or would it be that inappropriate photo at last week’s party? Everything they post on the Internet is part of their online DNA. It is their digital trail left behind for the world to access at moment’s notice.
While live streaming apps can be a great tool, they can also have serious consequences for children. It’s important for parents to understand what dangers can arise with these apps and make sure they educate their children as well.
We are kicking off the summer with Internet Safety Month! To celebrate we are highlighting our best tools, resources and advice for keeping your family safe online. There are a lot of really great parental controls and privacy settings out there that are a great place to start when thinking about Internet Safety.