What to do in this tech world when things seem to be moving at light speed? As much as things move quickly, our kids move along with the technology. We have to keep up to keep them safe.
A few quick tips
- Check their apps. They’re not just on Facebook and Twitter — teens are using newer apps for social networking (Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp are currently big ones).
- Get their passwords. Being “friends” or “followers” isn’t enough.
- Make sure profiles are set to private. Keep the creepy creepers away, and the things your teen can say or do, well, a little less visible to the outside world.
- Set parental controls for wireless devices. GPS, timed services, blocked sites — check your wireless provider’s options (below).
- Make occasional spontaneous checks of their devices. It’s your right & responsibility. You are keeping them safe!
Other helpful resources
Below are some additional resources that we hope will be helpful to you. Have questions? Do we need to update something? Contact us.
Parental controls for your wireless devices (by provider):
- AT&T: “Smart Limits”
- Sprint: Parental controls | Family locator
- T-Mobile: “Family Allowances”
- Verizon: “Usage Controls” | Family Locator
There are other plans and options out there — these are but a few. Please note that we are not endorsing any specific product or service.
A parents’ and guardians’ premier, online resource for answering questions about internet safety, computers, and the Web.
“E-Parenting – MediaWise Parenting in a Digital World.”
Help for parents, teens, and others on a variety of issues related to the “social Web.” Guides for parents on Instagram, Snapchat & more.
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