Raising Kids in a Digital WorldWhat Every Parent Needs to Know to Protect Their Kids Online
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If you haven’t noticed, kids live a good portion of their lives online, making it difficult to monitor their behavior and protect them from potential threats. The truth is that technology is totally outpacing your parenting knowledge so it’s time to upgrade your software!
This guide will bring up to speed on all the new ways that kids are using technology and give you strategies and tools to manage their behavior.
- Tips & Examples on Setting Rules & Expectations
- How to Talk to Your Kids & Help Them Deal With Sexting & Bullying
- Common Acronyms Teens Use to Talk in Code
- Strategies to Protect Your Teens
Talking to Your Kids About Technology
Managing How Your Teen Uses Technology
Does Your Kid Need a Smart Phone?
Text Acronyms: Decoding Your Teen’s Messages
Tools for Empowerment
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Using digital devices makes teens feel grown up. It may feel like your kid went from watching cartoons to making Snapchat videos overnight. The transition from playing on phones and tablets to using them as a source of social interaction is happening faster and faster for kids today. That’s why you must start educating your child about life online when they are tweens, between the ages of 8 to 12. While they are usually tech savvy by this age, they are still very immature in their understanding of privacy, accountability, and emotional consequences.
Kids are growing up in a time where privacy really no longer exist. It is an unfortunate reality but one we must face and do what we can to preserve what little privacy we have left. Before you get your child a digital device that allows them to access the internet, discuss with them the following issues regarding privacy.
- Photos – Make sure that your tween understands that once they have posted a picture on the internet, they no longer have any control over that picture. They should never post a photo they wouldn’t want the whole world to see. They should also get a friend’s okay before they share a picture or video of them. Getting permission demonstrates that they respect their friend’s privacy.
- Privacy Settings – Insist your teen set up privacy settings on their social media profiles so they restrict who can see and post on their profile.
- Know Your Friends – Unfortunately, teens have linked their self-worth and value to how many people they are friends with on social media. The truth is that most kids don’t know half of their online connections. Explain the cons of letting strangers into your private life and inner circle. Encourage them to limit their online contacts to people they actually know.
- Apps – Apps can be fun ways for teens to socialize and entertain themselves. But apps are also a clever way for companies to gain access to your teen’s personal content like contacts, photos, and texts. Companies gather this information and sell it to other companies who then market products and services to your teen and everyone else they found on your kid’s phone. Doesn’t sound so fun anymore huh? You should also know that some apps start off as free but then cost money to use special features. Your teen may or may not even be aware they are being charged but you’ll certainly know when your outlandish Verizon bill comes.
Passwords – Most passwords can be easily hacked. The majority of us (including me) are pretty bad at choosing really strong passwords. The rule of thumb is the longer the better and to use phrases or unique sayings rather than nicknames, dates, or addresses. Make sure your teen includes symbols and punctuation marks to beef up their device’s security.
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