I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Landon is only 6 years old, plays one game on my iPhone (Subway Surfer) and sometimes watches Lego videos on our iPad, but I’m already worried about Internet safety.
He will have access to the Internet when I’m not watching, at a friend’s house or in a store, like this frozen yogurt store, which is appealing to kids with iPads.
L grows up in a totally different world than I did, with all that technology around him. And it’s just a matter of time that he ends up watching something online he shouldn’t.
I’m not a fan of technology for kids, because so far I haven’t seen any evidence that L actually learns from it — it’s entertainment — but if he does use it, I want to make sure he does it safely.
His older cousins already had some instances where they have not been treated nicely by other kids via Facebook.
It’s so easy for people to be nasty via social media or email because they can hide behind the computer. I definitely think it’s important to teach kids that that’s unacceptable behavior.
June is National Internet Safety Month, and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) launched Cyber Safe Futures, a campaign designed to raise awareness about this important issue.
I took their Cyber Survivor Challenge Quiz, and it was an eye-opener of what’s to come.
L doesn’t have a Facebook account, but if he ever does, I’m going to make sure his privacy settings are set to only include his FB friends so no one else can see his posts. And according to CyberSafety.org, I should definitely friend him on FB so I can see what he’s posting.
Test your cyber smartness with the quiz! It really helped me to keep in mind how many ways kids can get access and be exposed to the Internet.