When Lydia was born, I swore we'd be a no screen time family. Well, like many other things I said BEFORE having a child…..that wasn't realistic. The truth is, our children live in a WORLD filled with technology. From smart phones to tablets, children are exposed to the Internet at a VERY early age. One of my main concerns? Safety on the Internet. As Lydia gets older…..I want to control what she (and our bank account) is exposed to. We've all heard the horror stories, right? From online chats to identity theft…..the Internet is amazing resource, but can also be a source of serious danger.
Internet Safety Tips for Families that Every Parent Should Know:
(these tips are perfect for sharing with your kidd0s)
No Personal Information: Do not give any personal information to anyone you meet online. Last name, address, school name, favorite playground…..NONE OF IT.
Downloading: Ask your parents before downloading any file from the Internet.
Communicate: Discuss anything that makes you feel uncomfortable with your parents. They can help you determine what to do!
Pictures: Think carefully before uploading pictures to the internet…….avoid pictures that show addresses or specific locations!
Passwords: Do not give out your password to ANYONE online…….passwords should be stored in a safe place.
Cyberbullying: The Internet is an extension of the REAL world. Treat others as you would in real life when interacting with them online.
As a (slightly nervous) parent…..I was super excited to learn about Sophos Home recently. Sophos Home is an online security system that is FREE, and protects families against malware and viruses plus gives you the ability to block unwanted sites and downloads. From one browser you can manage your entire family's security settings (noted for Lydia's teenage years).
From now until November 3rd Sophos Home is make internet security a little more exciting. They're hosting a HUGE giveaway one grand prize winner will receive a new Macbook and two additional winners will receive an Apple Watch!