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You know the saying, I wish I could “unsee” that? Well, it is usually a joke. But, I will tell you, I wish I could “unsee” some things that I saw as a child. Things that were way too graphic for me even as an adult today. Because of those experiences, I feel it is my responsibility to keep my kids safe on the net. I’m not advocating being freaky about it and thinking there is evil lurking around every corner. My objective is that there is much out there that is easily stumbled upon. If you are looking for that stuff, that’s a heart issue. But, if you see things you never meant to see, that’s where I come in as a thoughtful and proactive parent.
Grandparents &/or parents – you must get tech savvy, if you are going to protect your kids from online junk. There is a lot of great stuff we access daily online. But, there is also a lot of room for caution. Instead of saying ‘no’ to every new thing that comes along, learn about it and learn how to use it with wisdom and caution.
FAMILY RULES FOR ELECTRONICS:
1. Parents always have the passwords and full-access to electronics. Otherwise, they go bye-bye!! 🙂 “Mean Mom” strikes back! Don’t apologize for this, parents. You are their parent for a reason. They need you! (This should include passwords to Facebook, email, Instagram, etc.)
2. Kids do not plug in their electronics in their rooms. Bedrooms need to be a place to read & sleep.
3. Parents place appropriate restrictions on phones/tablets for a child’s safety. It is passcode protected and only the parents know the code. (note: the restrictions passcode is different than the sign-on passcode, that your child uses. It is only used to adjust the settings.)
4. Parents set daily time-limits for electronics usage.
5. Only allowed people are granted access to Snap-Chat accounts. (Don’t know what Snap-Chat is? It’s a short video app, that deletes itself in one day. It’s fun, but it can be abused by the wrong people. I think we all know those stories.)
6. Scroll through their messages.
6. Have them show you the games they play and all their apps.
Be interested and connected in every part of their life. Shine a bright light around in their hidden places. No one needs a secret life.
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