|It's Essential to Teach Your Kids About Online Safety|
My son was 6 years old when I noticed that the videogame he was playing was a live, online version--and had a live chat feature in the sidebar. I was shocked, as I had thought that he was playing a downloaded version of the game. When I saw my son type a message in response to another player in the game, I went into panic mode and snatched the iPad away. The message was just a harmless one, but it got me actively thinking about online internet safety. I immediately deleted that game off of the tablet, and started a dialogue about online safety with my children.
Some of the rules that we established from that time on, was that mom and dad had to approve and preview any videogames being downloaded to the tablet. In addition, any user names associated with online accounts had to be impersonal, with no names and identifying features. So, instead of having a user name such as "Bobby Jones Toronto", we create generic user names that are neither tied to an actual person or location. Also, the kids are not allowed to use any chat features, and must use internet-enabled devices in rooms where a parent is always present.
|How to Have The Cyber Safety Talk With Your Child|
I did write about how Cyber Addiction effected my children in 2012, but we're doing much better now! I highly recommend that you read that article if your family is struggling with web and videogame addiction.
The Government of Canada's Get Cyber Safe is hosting two live, 30-45 minute, nation-wide online question and answer #CyberTalk sessions (one in English, and one in French), featuring a moderator, and a panel of parenting, youth and cyber experts.
Ask questions in advance on the #CyberTalk event page, or on Twitter by using the #CyberTalk hashtag.
English Event: Wed Sept 17, 2014 @ 1pm EDT | French Event: Wed Sept 24, 2014 @ 1pm EDT
Disclosure: I am part of the Bell Media – Cyber Safety blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
WINNER: Lori B, Winnipeg
To build awareness of cyber safety, SnyMed.com is giving away a $50 VISA gift card! Although a contest participant may enter across many blogs, she or he may only WIN on a single blog. Contest open to residents of Canada, and ends on Monday October 6th, 2014.
How to Enter:
Leave a COMMENT below stating how you keep yourself, your child, or grandchild safe on the internet, OR, your biggest concern about internet safety. Then, use the entry form below to enter the contest. GOOD LUCK!