With kids integrating technology into their daily lives – 95% of U.S. teens use the Internet, 78% have a cell phone and 47% have a smartphone – parents need to keep abreast of their kids’ activities.
This is especially important as kids head back to school – and spend more time away from home, whether they are spending time with friends after school or off to the next sports practice – less parental supervision means more opportunities to test boundaries as they explore the Internet, on both the home computer and their mobile device, talk and text with friends on their smartphones, and scan countless viewing choices on TV.
How to become a responsible “Digital Parent:”
Pay attention. Know where your kids go online and what they’re doing there.
Impart your values. Cheating, lying and being cruel online are not acceptable. The concepts of right and wrong should extend to a child’s online and mobile life.
Establish limits. Set clear time or texting limits and time of day restrictions so children know when it’s appropriate to use mobile phones or technology.
Encourage balance. Support their interest in offline activities that don’t require a gadget or mobile device.
Make kids accountable. Using digital media is a privilege. Consider asking your child to complete more essential tasks, like chores or family time, before letting him get on the internet or text with friends.
Explain what’s at stake. Remind little ones that what they do today can be used against them tomorrow, especially when their actions are online.
Do your homework. Research the websites your kids visit, the songs they download, etc. Stay tuned into how and why they’re using technology so they don’t have free reign.
For more resources, tips, and recommendations, visit www.ATT.com/smartcontrols.
*guest post on behalf of AT&T.
This is not a sponsored post -- just helpful tips I feel are worth sharing
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