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Did you know that June is National Internet Safety Month? This is a great time to bring up internet safety with your kids, or for you and your spouse to talk about ways to keep your kids safe online. Our two boys are 5 (almost 6) and 4, and are really tech-savvy, so we know internet usage is right around the corner for them. They’ve only minimally been online so far, always with us helping them. Now that they’re getting older, we are definitely thinking about parameters to set to keep them safe from things we don’t want them to see online. Of course, internet isn’t only about what kids see – with social media being so prevalent, you have to worry about how other people treat them online.
We plan to keep a computer in a public area of the house, and if the kids want to be on the computer they’ll need to know we’re right there and can see everything they’re doing. I’m also planning to install some security software – there are all sorts of great options out there to allow parents to customize settings to just what they need. Of course, most of all I want to talk with my kids and develop a relationship with them that lets them know they can talk to me about anything – and my husband feels the same way. Communication is a vital part of being able to protect our kids.
The Boys & Girls Club of America is aware of the need for protecting our kids online, and they’ve created an online quiz to help you test your cyber smarts. I took the quiz, and I’m a Survivor! It’s a quick process to take it, and you can pick up some great tips along the way. Be sure and hop over to their site and take the quiz yourself – it’s worth a few minutes to better equip yourself to protect your kids. Click here to go straight to the quiz.
Be sure and watch the video while you’re there, too – I learned some surprising facts from it, like the fact that 1 in 3 teens have been cyberbullied. That’s a huge percentage, and it goes to show we need to be vigilant in protecting our kids online just as much as offline.
I hope you’ll take the time to go over to the Boys & Girls Club of America site and check out the resources they have available. Be a part of National Internet Safety Month and find out more about keeping your kids cybersafe.