Updated: Feb 27
Are there a few tools you would recommend using to keep our kids safe online?
What can parents do?
There are any number of online tracking or parental tools you can implement on computers, tablets, and smartphones to help keep your kids safe online.
First and most importantly, I encourage parents to invest in communication with kids about what they might come across online that is adult only. Porn isn't inherently bad but it takes an adult to make choices about viewing it and it is made for adults not kids. Remind them that communicating on the Internet or texting isn't private, even if it feels that way.
Second, I'm not a big fan of stranger danger. The vast majority of sexual harassment or abuse is done by people known to kids; so when I talk about chatting with strangers online, I focus on respectful conversations, appropriate topics, and not sharing personal details.
Finally, things shared on the Internet never, ever go away no matter how many times you delete them.
The Internet and this connected way of accessing information is not going away. We, as parents, need to fold into our ongoing sexuality conversations how to be thoughtful and safe when using these online spaces.
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One final area to think about is video game consoles. Many allow for players to talk to each other while gaming. They should all, also, offer a parental control option so that you can block this feature.