National Internet Safety Month #CyberSafe

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Did you know that June is National Internet Safety Month?

No? Well now you do ๐Ÿ™‚

Mason is only three but I still worry about Internet safety. He’s growing up in a world where being on the internet, being connected is a given. He plays Angry Birds with a blog friend’s son in SC. This is the world we live in.

Internet Safety isn’t something that can be ignored or pushed to the side. It’s something that needs to be addressed from early on in my opinion. I haven’t quite gotten there with Mason since I’m very involved in what he’s doing/playing on my phone and kindle but it’s something that I’ve talked to my siblings (ages 5-20) multiple times. I feel like because they’re growing up with being connected practically from the day they were born they don’t realize just how dangerous it can be.

My sisters are both 15 right now (Irish twins so they’re 10 1/2 months apart).

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They’ve been on Facebook for almost 3 years. When they first joined I tried to give themย  a run down of what to do and what not to do. I also had them put only their first and middle name and not there last name. I insisted on being friends with them since neither of my parents were on Facebook and I monitored what they were saying much to their dismay.
According to the Cyber Survivor Challenge this made me a Cyber Survivor.

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There are a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to internet safety and your child.

Things Will Change

Recently I noticed that they weren’t on Facebook as much as they used to be. Turns out Facebook isn’t cool anymore. Instead they’re using social media platforms like Instagram and Tumblr. That’s what’s cool now. Even though I feel like I’m ahead of the times as far as Social Media and the internet goes that is not always the case. Luckily they’re forthcoming with me since I’m their sister and not their parent. This is helpful in many ways .

I know that in a couple of years when it’s time to have serious talks with Mason my sisters and younger siblings are going to be an enormous help to me. I can only imagine how different things will be in a couple of years!

Talk It Out

The most important thing is TALK to your children about internet safety. Let them know their boundaries, let them know what information is okay to share and what information shouldn’t be shared. Let them know if they’re worried about anything they they can talk to you!

Trust Them

It’s good to trust your kids and you should but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to monitor them. Be friends with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Be aware of what they’re doing but trust them enough thanks to the talks you’ve been having to loosen the leash, that way when their is a problem they’ll trust YOU to talk to you about it!

I feel confident that with my knowledge of the internet and the relationship I hope to build with Mason and Kyla that our Internet Safety talks won’t be too hard.

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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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