Technology is imbedded in every day life and most families have multiple devices available to engage in work and entertainment. What kind of impact does technology have on your children’s experience? Online access can come with risks including identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators, but it also opens the world of information. Today’s generation of children are more tech-savvy than their parents, yet they lack the discernment of an adult. What parameters should kids have as they engage with apps, online programs, and social media? What can parents do guide their children, whether this is at home or visiting other families/kids? How can families make use of technology without technology dominating the family?
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Enough is Enough
This site has explanations for internet dangers and an “Internet Safety Rules ‘N’ Tools” section that gives tips for how to guard against the dangers. This site actually hosts most of its material on Internet Safety 101, but it is easier to find some of the resources on this site.
Internet Safety 101
This site lists a wide variety of tips and tools for keeping kids safe on the Internet.
- Internet Safety Tools has videos that give technical measures to protect kids online.
- Internet Safety Rules has videos that give non-technical measures to protect kids online.
- Rules ‘N Tools Checklist below contains the two lists above in a simple list without any expansion.
How to talk to your kids
Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in
Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices by Jodi Gold, MD
— A summary of the book
Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World by Kathy Koch, PhD
The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch