Learn More About Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 6, 2014

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Digital technology plays such a huge part in our lives nowadays. We use technology for so many aspects of our life – from learning and socializing and shopping.

Access to technology is awesome and opens so many new opportunities — it helps me share my life on my blog and it helps our kids to learn and explore the world in a totally different way from when we were kids.

Yet as with any aspect of life and parenting, you need to make positive, safe decisions.

I use technology all day while blogging and using social media, and I love those tools. I guess you could say I’m addicted to them. I usually tweet and Instagram daily, these tools are a big part of my life, and I enjoy sharing my life so openly with all of my readers and social media followers.

But I have always been reluctant to let L use technology because I see more negative aspects that come with that exposure than positive.

We don’t own a Wii or XBox because I feel he is already watching too many Minecraft videos on our iPad. Those Wii and XBox games are expensive, often violent, and don’t really teach much, and the noise of them really bothers me.

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

I’ve made a decision to not let L connect with his friends inside of games like Minecraft because there is no knowing what he could be exposed to, plus I’d rather they have playdates and actually play together instead of “meeting” each other in cyberspace.

Call me old-fashioned, but there’s something about that that makes me sad and freaks me out about that. Childhood should be about real-life experiences and not artificial, technology-driven interactions.

At 8 years old, L doesn’t own or have access to a computer or a cell phone — but I know the day will come where that will be a necessity.

He’ll need a computer for his school work at some point, and I’m going to sit down and have a conversation with him about being safe and making good decisions online. Especially Facebook is a place where kids seem to feel free to post mean and hurtful things, so that really concerns me.

National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create conversations about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools.

The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, app, or networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.

That’s so true — we need to make sure we also teach our kids how to be safe online, not just crossing the street.

This campaign celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for good.

Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day (a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action) and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!

Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!

Are you worried about your kids online safety?

{I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.}

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