Children must be 80 lbs or 8 eight years old to ride in a car without a booster seat. Not recommended for children under the age of 3. You must be _____ high to ride. These warnings represent just a few of the many safeguards that are put in place to keep kids safe. But what about cyber safety?
Today’s generation is much more tech savvy then any generation before them. I remember my then 3 year old showing my mother how to find something on her smartphone. Classrooms have iPad’s instead of computers, and high school students are given laptops upon entering grade 9. Never before has technology been as big a part of our daily lives as it is now.
With this technology come responsibility. Teaching our children how to properly operate and care for these devices is just the beginning. Online safety is a major concern that as parents we need to address to safeguard our children. Setting parental controls and using network privacy settings to block unwanted content is not 100% secure, but will limit what is accessible online. Controlling who can access posts will also limit predators and scam artists from contacting your child.
The #1 job of a parent is to keep their child safe. In order to do this parents should be aware of their children’s online activity. Monitoring what site are being accessed, who children are communicating with, as well as keeping the lines of communication open between parents and children are key safety procedures that should be practiced. Talking about what is acceptable to view and what isn’t is important because many times, content is viewed or games are being played when children are away from the home. Being informed of the potential dangers before they happen is half of the battle.
Online predators can be anywhere. It sounds ominous, but its true. The online world goes far beyond our neighborhood or even our country. For this reason it is hard to regulate information being posted, and laws are often invalid due to location issues. There are however numerous government agencies and organizations that have been designed to help parents be informed and prepared to make sure that their children’s online habits are safe. Everything Kids has created a helpful checklist to keep kids safe when spending time online gaming or on social media platforms.
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