The Essential Back-to-School List For Digital Parents

Aug 10, 2016

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A typical back-to-school supply list seems to grow every year like your children. Along with the traditional products – pencils, notebooks, and backpacks – you now have the latest devices from the digital technology explosion that are often used as educational tools.

Laptops, smartphones, and tablets have opened up a whole new world of opportunity for kids. But that cyber world has also ushered in a whole new set of concerns and challenges for parents. As parents compile their back-to-school lists, here’s an important one to consider for your child’s well-being on the web:

  1. Supply Yourself With Knowledge
    To better inform and protect their kids, parents need to get up to speed on the threats of the cyber world. This starts by learning more about the digital devices they buy their kids and visiting popular social media sites.
  2. Supply Your Kids With Knowledge
    Talk to them about online safety. Inform them of the potential dangers. A big one is conversing with strangers online. Talk to them about their digital decorum – how anything they post or text becomes part of their digital footprint.
  3. Understand Parental Controls
    As wide-open and unguarded as the information superhighway is, parental controls allow you to put up a fence and protect your kids from inappropriate material. Think of the busy highways your parents wouldn’t let you cross on a bike when you were 10 years old. The information superhighway is many more times more dangerous. Boundaries and parental guidance are paramount.
  4. Arm Your Kids With Protection
    Arm their electronic devices (laptops, tablets, and mobile devices) with the best protection available – Net Nanny®, the #1 rated parental control for preventing pornography, online predators and cyber bullying.
  5. Set Time Boundaries
    Like a school schedule, kids need a home schedule to an extent for internet time and use. It’s well-documented how open-ended time online can affect a young person’s focusing and cognitive processing abilities. Help them understand the importance of order and balance in their lives. Come up with time frames for after-school phone use and computer use and stick to them. If you need assistance pausing the internet, use Net Nanny’s parental time controls to help you limit your child’s internet time.
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Check Their Texts and Emails
    It’s not an invasion of privacy to check your kid’s phone and computer for risky behavior, bad language, etc. Parents need to make sure they aren’t straying into troublesome areas, or being approached by someone inappropriate.
  7. Go Surfing With Them
    Explore the internet with your children and visit places they like and want to show you. Commend their good choices and reward them with more autonomy. These approaches help forward their growth as young web users and as people.

It is even more important than ever when providing your kids with the school supplies that it includes tools to navigate the web safely.