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Device Access & Monitoring

Everything begins with access: when, how much, and how often. Talking with your kids about what devices they have access to, the ways they use them, and the potential risks is a great place to start.

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Talk about privacy settings

Whether your family is on a laptop, tablet, or phone, you have control over how much information your device shares, and with whom. It’s important to understand the settings, and how they affect the safety of your, and your kids’, data. Privacy settings are important not only on shared devices, but also when your child gets their own device.

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Have a chat about “chat”

Regardless of whether your child has their own device or uses a shared one, consider adjusting or limiting who can communicate with them through chat or direct message features on apps they may use. Take this opportunity to talk to your kids about not sharing personal or identifying information in online spaces, including in their usernames (ie: full name, name of their school, address, photos of themselves and/or siblings, etc.).

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Dig into Discussion Guides

Talk to your kids about where they go online, what they see, and who they interact with. Let them know you may monitor their activity as they learn what’s safe and what’s not. If you plan to leverage monitoring apps, discuss it with them and be as transparent as possible.

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Check in on a regular basis

Building healthy habits means talking about online behavior on an ongoing basis. Kids’ interests and explorations are always evolving, so your approach needs to evolve as well. Keep the conversation open and ongoing, and be sure they know they can always come to you if they need help or something makes them uncomfortable online.

Additional Resources

From simple tips to complex explorations, we’ve gathered a range of information, videos, and articles designed to help you keep exploring these topics.

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Be Internet Awesome – A Program to Teach Kids Online Safety

Source: Google

Be Internet Awesome is a multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world.

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Are they old enough

Source: eSaftey Comissioner

Parents and carers play a key role in guiding their children as they first encounter the online world and begin to learn through exploration, play and social interaction.

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Create A Technology Contract With Your Family

Source: Bark

Kids today are growing up in a world of technology. Even if they’re not accessing the internet on smartphones, tablets, and laptops at home, they’re likely using them at school. And although their devices can be powerful tools, they can also create problems.

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Device Online Safety Cards

Source: Family Online Safety Institute

Don't just give your child a new piece of technology without establishing some rules. Check out these DIY device contracts for parents and children.

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6 Steps To Complete Before and After a Device Purchase

Source: Family Online Safety Institute

Technology-based items, including cell phones and tablets are very popular gifts. To get the most out of them, here are some tips for you and your family, both before and after you make the purchase.

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Be Internet Awesome Pledge

Source: Google

Parents driving the online safety conversation at home can encourage the entire family to get on the same page by reviewing the fundamentals and taking this pledge together.

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Wise on the Web

Source: Amaze

This video emphasizes that while there are dangers on the Internet, it’s also a great place to do schoolwork, share art, and have meaningful conversations - you just need to know how to navigate it safely.

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Porn is Not Sex Ed

Source: Amaze

This video acknowledges how common it is for young people to stumble upon pornography or to seek it out because they are curious about sex. While young people’s curiosity is completely normal, this video makes it clear that pornography is not a good source of accurate information about sex.

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The #AskableParent Guide to Porn

Source: Amaze

A series of videos produced by Amaze and Melissa Pintor Carnagey, a licensed social worker, sexuality educator, and a parent of three. The #AskableParent Guide to Porn is meant to help you take the awkwardness out of talking with your kids about online porn.

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Being Safe on the Internet

Source: Amaze

This video includes tips on internet safety, advising young people to think carefully before they share pictures and videos on the Internet. It goes over what to do if someone you met on the Internet makes you uncomfortable – stop communication immediately and tell a trusted adult.

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Online Safety for Children & Families

Source: Google

Children today are growing up with technology, not growing into it like previous generations. So Google is working directly with experts and educators to help you set boundaries and use technology in a way that’s right for your family.

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