- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
How do I keep my kid on "safe sites"?
Kids can go online from so many sources, including video game consoles, iPhones and smartphones, and handheld gaming devices such as Nintendo's DS, that it's increasingly difficult to ensure they're always on age-appropriate sites. Setting the content filters on your Web browsers will limit access to some age-inappropriate sites when kids are using the computer, but it's tough to prevent it entirely.
Spending your life policing your kid's online activities and supervising every moment will wear you out. Raising kids to think critically about the media they are using will help establish healthy lifelong habits instead of the need to ask permission for every decision. That's why empowering kids to find appropriate sites and avoid the rest can be your best bet. Consider spending some time together online, visiting their favorite sites and talking together about what you both like and don't like. Explain that there are sites that are for grown-ups and that you'd like them to avoid those until they're older. But let them know that it's normal to be curious about grown-up stuff, and you're open to talking about what they come across online.
Keeping the lines of communication open when kids are younger will make your life a lot easier when they start exploring these technologies more independently.