EXPERTS ARE SAYING MONITORING IS A MUST

Do your tweens and teens have smartphones? Computers? Online Games?  The experts are telling us that monitoring is a MUST. I'm the parent that talks to my kids about sites they are visitng...what their concerns are...BUT...I rarely double check what they are doing..where they are going, and who they are talking to. Although I've talked to them extensively about how people can pretend they are teens, I don't currently have access to their online viewing.

WHAT ABOUT TRUST?

"Won't I break trust with my child if I nose around in their business?" This is tricky. Trust is important, but knowing what your children are doing online is more important than you think. The experts say that that it's an absolutely essential part of parenting in this digital age. The experts aren't saying you have to read every word your children write, or every website they visit everyday...It's just something to do randomly, to make sure they are not endangering themselves and possibly other family members.

TEENSAFE.COM

To make this easier, go to teensafe.com.  This is a new website that really makes it much easier for you to keep up with your childrens digital realm. Teensafe.com is currenly giving you a 1 week trial membership, so you can see what it's all about. After that, I believe it's around $15.00 a month for membership.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS A HUGE LEARNING CURVE

Since we as adults didn't grow up with social media, It's important for us to realize that the internet, smartphones, on line gaming...It's all a learning tool that can be a great thing, but it can also be dangerous.  What information do you want the internet to be responsible for teaching your children?

DO YOU HAVE COMMENTS ABOUT CYBERBULLYING?

If you have had an incident with your child, or you know of someone who has, please send us your story. All names can remain confidential, but the importance of knowing that this happens right here in our own backyard, is something that I think we all need to be aware of. Send your stories to: kelly@mix949.com.