This post is part of a sponsored campaign through BeEverywhere and Cox Communication. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Did you know that June is internet safety month?
While my children are still young, my four year old seems to be able to operate my iPad better than I can! These days families have up to five internet enabled devices at home! These can include smartphones, gaming consoles, and tablets. With all the various ways to connect to the internet, kids need more internet guidelines than ever.
At my home my four year old son loves to watch YouTube on the iPad. To keep him safe I make sure that I am the only one who has full access to the iPad and when he plays on it, it is always in my direct line of site. Most often I am sitting right next to him. We set a timer to limit how long he can stay on and he always has to ask me prior to watching a new video or show. If I tell him it is not allowed, we find another together. If he gets upset by me saying no, he is done with the iPad for the day. I feel that this important because we are establishing boundaries early on.
Cox Communications is making it easy for families the have the tools they need to stay secure. The online resource, Cox Take Charge provides parents with the statistics, education and tools they need to build a culture of digital safety in their homes. Cox Communications has also partnered with Common Sense Media and the NCTA to amplify the message of safety and provide parents with the best resources.
Check out some internet safety tips from John Walsh:
1. Model good behavior – If we’re on our Blackberries or iPhones at dinner, why will our kids listen to us when we tell them to turn theirs off?
2. Pay attention – We have to know where our kids are going online — and what they’re doing there.
3. Impart our values – Cheating, lying, being cruel — they’re just not OK. Right and wrong extends to online and mobile life.
4. Establish limits – Phone time, video download time, destinations. There really is a right time and place for everything.
5. Encourage balance – Get kids involved in offline activities, especially activities that don’t require or allow cell service.
6. Make kids accountable – Using digital media is a privilege. Make sure your kids earn it.
You can find the rest of these tips and other tools at Cox Take Charge online. As well as general tips for a safe digital life, you will find resources about talking to your children about internet safety, protecting your online reputation, senior safety, and more.
What Tips Do You Have to Stay Safe Online?
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