There is a lot of information on the internet. I used to be terrified of my kids having even the most remote access to it. By the time my daughter turned 3, however, I realized that keeping the kids away from the net is a silly expectation in this day and age.
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In order for my kids to be safe while online I came to the realization that I needed to accept that my kids were going to be growing up on the “scary” net and I had to figure out a way to be okay with it.
I now am a full fledged tech mom. My kids are 6, 8, and 10 (or they will be shortly after the new year and they all own their own phones(without calling capabilities), Nintendo DS’s, and there are several tablets available for the home. Not to mention the schools do so much of the kids learning on computers now too. We have an ECHO Dot for the House as well which the kids love and so do I.
The #1 thing that you need to do in order to keep your kids safe online is to accept that they will be online, in a sea of information you don’t want them to know with the capabilities to talk to people you don’t want them talking to.
My youngest could work an iPhone with ease by the time she turned 2., while I didn’t have a computer in my home until I turned 13. The world is constantly changing around us and if we don’t learn to evolve with it we will be left behind.
Number 2 you need to be on that same internet with them.
Think of it this way; Would you let your young child cross a busy intersection on their own? No? Well then why would you let them navigate the busy web on their own.
Thirdly you need to learn it so you can teach them.
Don’t just go blindly through the internet trying to catch your child. Go to the social media sites they may visit and download the apps they want. Use them yourself in order to learn them. You will be learning a new language and the easiest way to do this is to immerse yourself.
By doing these three things you will be allowing your child to grow into a technologically advanced adult without going through the trauma that some are subjected to.