As school lets out and kids get ready for summer vacation, parents should be getting ready to discuss the importance of online safety. Time off from school means more time spent on Facebook and Twitter, and an increased risk of potential Internet dangers such as cyberbullying and online predators. By starting an ongoing conversation, setting Internet ground rules, and utilizing TrueCare’s effective monitoring capabilities, you can help your kids spend their summer days more safely.
- Start a conversation. One of the first and most important steps to protecting your kids online involves starting a real conversation about the real dangers of the Internet. Talk to your children about proper online behavior, as well as the consequences of posting inappropriate content on social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
- Set Internet ground rules. The Internet is a privilege, especially in the summer, when kids aren’t using the Web for schoolwork. Set rules for Internet use, such as limited time periods for using the Internet and which sites they can and can’t visit. Use TrueCare to help connect and protect. TrueCare is an Internet monitoring tool that helps parents and children work together to keep kids safe. With a 24/7 email alert system that lets you know when questionable content is posted on your child’s social media webpages or if adults are “friending” your kids, you can keep track of your kids’ online activity on these sites at all times.
Remember: Effective monitoring and protection does not require spying on your kids. Real protection involves a collaborative family effort, as well as ongoing conversations and education.
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