When I discovered my child was involved in social media right under my nose and had unwittingly violated (almost) every known rule for maintaining privacy and safety on the internet, I knew it was time for me to wake up and get educated about what kids are REALLY doing online.
I was foolish to believe my 11-year-old was not online and that I didn’t need to be paying attention to everything they were doing. Because of this, I’ve made it my mission to learn all I can about the technology available to my children so I can teach them to use it safely. It’s not about taking it all away from them, but teaching reasonable, responsible usage with the hope they’ll make smart decisions using technology throughout their lives.
As the number of news stories about cyber-bullying, teen suicide and online predators rises, so does my concern for protecting my kids from dangers they don’t understand. I’ve realized that if I allow my kids to use devices with access to the internet, I have to make it a priority to educate them and ensure they’re using them safely.
I feel it’s important to share what I’m learning as it seems every parent I talk to is in the same boat. Their kids have mobile devices, but they aren’t paying close enough attention to how they’re actually using them. I spend much of my day working with technology, and I’m overwhelmed trying to keep up. For parents that do not, it’s an even more daunting task.
I’m hoping this blog will serve as my resource and a resource for other parents struggling to keep up with the ever-changing technology available to our kids. I hope to provide information about:
- What are the trends in social media? Where are our kids spending their time?
- The apps and websites parents should know about
- Tutorials for how to add parental controls on the devices our kids are using
- Tips and advice for talking to kids about internet safety and social media etiquette
- Links to current stories in the media about kids and technology
I’d like for the content of this site to evolve and grow to be a useful resource for you and your family. I know it’s going to be a challenge to keep up, so feel free to share your thoughts, experience or knowledge on any of these topics.
Parenting in the digital age is new territory for all of us, and we need all the help we can get!