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Once the internet took off, protecting our kids slowly became harder and harder. From AOL chat, Myspace all the way to Snapchat or Tiktok, these creations have made it significantly harder to protect our children. An even bigger problem - most of the games they play these days have online chat services.
So, what can you do to make it harder for predators to talk to your kids?
Set their email and save the password OR get them to give you the passwords.
Check their phones periodically. You don’t want to do this on schedule because our kiddos are smart and they will get around it. Just randomly ask for their device and go through the apps, messages and more.
If you have Xbox or other gaming platforms, go into the settings and turn off the ability to ‘add friends’. This will make it so that they can only add people that you allow.
Have age-appropriate talks with kids about the dangers of talking to people online that can’t be verified as their age.
Don’t allow screen time after bedtime. The age old saying still rings true, nothing good ever comes after dark.
Don’t allow social media until they are mature enough to handle it. As every child is unique, it’s hard to give an age, but most agree that after 13 is best.
There will always be the concern that you’re hovering over the child or not allowing them any privacy. But, as parents, it’s our job to help them remain safe. For kids that are older, more responsible or mature, you won’t need to do as much as you would have to with the younger kids.
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