Feeling a little behind the times? Here are three steps to get you on the right track with technology with your child.
1. Show and Tell - Kids love to teach adults how to use something. Ask your child to show you how to use a website, device, or app. This will help if you ever need to access it and it opens up that line of communication.
2. Browser History - When we are online, our history is tracked. After a child has been online, you can easily check their history. It's a good idea to do once in awhile in order to hold your child accountable. Typically it is on the toolbar once you open the browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.). You can view the full history from there. If there are things you are not comfortable with or you are not sure of, talk to your child about them.
3. Passwords - One parent I know created the password to her child's Facebook when she first started using it. The only way her child could login was with her mom doing it for her. To me, this is very wise to do as your child starts out using social media. Remember, the legal age for them to be on social media is 13. Being in control of the password ensures you can see what is on their account first, you can check their messages, and limit their activity. Eventually, you could give more control as they gain trust, knowledge, and age.
Kids will argue they need privacy and you aren't trusting them. Remember to have talks with them as to why you are doing this. It isn't about having control over them, it is about safety. Have real talks with them. You are the parent, and you make the choices for your child.
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