Letting kids have unsupervised time online can be scary for parents. When kids are little it’s easy to monitor them with parental controls and kid-safe web browsers. But what do you do when your kids hit their teens? When they need the “real” Internet for homework, college applications, research and interacting with friends? What do you do when they grow up and ask for more time and greater boundaries than the kid-safe platforms offer? When they have their own phones and are glued to Snapchat and Instagram. How do you keep your teens safe online?
Today I partnered with ASUS to bring you some ideas and inspiration to help you and your teens navigate online safety. Here are 5 Tips to Keep Teens Safe Online and then keep reading for more about the new ASUS MeMO Pad™ 7 LTE and a fun giveaway!
1. Have a Technology Safety Meeting
Sit down with your kids and have a talk. Make it a two-way conversation. Share your fears about their increased online presence. Be open and honest. Ask them if they have any questions or concerns. Talk about best practices. For example, I don’t “friend” people I’ve never meet in person. Also explain that the Internet is forever. Contrary to what certain apps or friends may tell them, the internet is forever. A good practice is to encourage them to never post or say something unless they would be comfortable showing it to their grandmother. In 10 years you never know what their future employers will be able to find.
2. Make a Technology Handbook
Employers have handbooks with technology guidelines for their employees, make one together as a family. Agree together how many hours of fun time will be allowed each day. Screen time only after homework, or at least all the homework that doesn’t require a screen. Reading or exercise before screen time. No devices during family meals. No devices in the bedroom after 9pm. Also set consequences for breaking the contract. Work together as a family to set parameters. Make sure you abide by them too and set a good example. When kids are part of the process they are more accountable and they know what’s expected of them.
3. Trust, But Verify
You’ve talked about your concerns. You’ve made a family technology handbook. You trust your kids, you are done, right? No! Trust, but verify. Have your kids give you their passwords. Let them know that while you trust them you may check in from time to time just to be sure that everything is safe and secure. Just knowing you have to ability to check on them will often help them stay safe. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that you can check in if you are feeling nervous.
4. Follow Your Kids on Social Media
Following kids on social media isn’t just about keeping tabs on them. It’s about familiarizing yourself with the platforms. Seeing what your kids see and who interacts with them. Maybe they post a cute picture with their friends and hashtag it. Check out the hashtag they are using and see what types of other things are there. You might be surprised to see some of the scandalous images under seemingly innocent hashtags on Instagram. Just be aware what’s going on. It will be much easier to have an open dialogue if you know.
5. Be a Good Role Model
Make sure you are modeling good online behavior. Follow the rules you set for your kids. Be aware that even teenagers are watching what you do. Be respectful. Don’t post something about your teen that would make them uncomfortable. Ask their permission before posting. This may encourage them to be discerning in their own posts. Follow your own rules about devices at dinner or bedtime. It’s much easier to enforce when everyone follows the same rules.
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I know many schools here in Texas and across the country are adopting “Bring Your Own Device.” This is the perfect time to make the switch and get your kids an affordable tablet that has all the capabilities they need for school, like up to 10.5 battery life, scratch-resistant glass, and 16GB internal storage with up to 64GB MicroSD Card support. Plus, it’s super affordable at just $168, so while you will probably cringe if they lose the tablet it’s not as bad as losing one of the much higher-priced alternatives.
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We have an ASUS MeMO Pad™. I thought about giving it to the boys but then my husband decided it was going to be his. He was ready to make the switch to a flash-based device that he can use for work and home. This tablet was perfect for him because it’s lightweight, easy to use and he can run all the programs he needs on it when out in the field.
I love it because if we do decide to let the kids use it, I can add additional user profiles and introduce limitations to keep the kids safe online. Within the settings, you can add restricted profiles which limits access to apps and content or add full account users that can have their own apps and content. It’s super simple to set up!
ASUS MeMO Pad™ 7 LTE Specs:
- Android™ 4.4 KitKat
- 7″ LED Backlight Touchscreen LCD Panel WXGA (1280×800) Screen
- 10.5 hours of battery life for all-day computing
- 0.66 lbs and .39″ thin
- 2 MP Front Camera ( 720p Video Recording )
- 5 MP Rear Camera ( 1080p Video Recording )
- Micro-SD slot with support for up to 64GB extra storage
- Intel® Atom™ Z3530 Quad-Core, up to 1.3 GHz
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This post and giveaway are sponsored by ASUS and Walmart. All opinions are mine.