No matter the age of your kids now, the Internet WILL BE a part of their lives eventually. When that time comes, if it hasn’t already, we must make sure it’s a safe experience for them by learning and making these 5 healthy digital habits for families a part of our lives. This is a sponsored post by Google as part of Mom It Forward Influencer Network. #SaferInternetDay #BeInternetAwesome
After attending Google’s Safer Internet Day in San Antonio, TX this week, I’m discussing important topics that I believe parents and teachers need to know NOW.
5 Healthy Digital Habits for Families
This year’s Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday, 5, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. with a slogan “Together for a better Internet,” for all involved to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, especially our kids. I’m thrilled to have been a part of it. My son and I had a great time at the event on Monday and what an experience that was for him. This was the first time I allowed him to miss school for an event that I was part of. I felt this was a worthwhile opportunity for him to learn something valuable in a different environment. Hopefully, he’ll get an excused absence for the day!
The Be Internet Awesome panel consisted of the Manager of the STEM Program for the Boys and Girls Club, Program Coordinator for Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the President-Elect for National PTA, and the Co-Founder of David’s Legacy Foundation. I wished you all could have been there to hear these ladies speak on this vital topic of helping families be safe and smart online. It was indeed an honor to be in their presence.
Google’s Safer Internet Day
Get into the habit of doing these following things so your kids can stay safe in the digital world.
5 Healthy Digital Habits for Families
Set a positive presence online just like you do in real life. Protect all your personal information. Don’t share pictures of your family and where you live, etc. with anyone. Don’t talk to strangers – just like in real life! Think twice before you post and respect others’ privacy. Be Internet SMART.
Check and double-check if a site has credibility. You wouldn’t want your kid to surf a website that wasn’t for children to see. Use only secure sites. In the browser of your computer, it will say if a website is secure or not. Do not click on ads that state that there is something wrong with your device – this is a scam. Ads can’t tell if there is something wrong with your device. Scams can happen to anyone…don’t fall for them. Be Internet ALERT.
Create STRONG PASSWORDS. Choose at least eight characters and use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password for everything. Get creative and don’t use passwords that are easy to figure out – like your nickname or your age or anything that people know you by. Change your password if you suspect something or you think someone figured it out. Be Internet STRONG.
Treat others as you would want to be treated. No bullying online…or off! If you suspect someone is bullying others or not being kind in any way, tell your parents or teacher. Make good decisions by not posting negative things online that you wouldn’t say offline. Spread kindness in the digital world. Be Internet KIND.
If you come across something that is bad or negative, report it to your parents or teachers. It’s always nice to look out for others. If you don’t understand something you read or see online, it’s okay to ask your parents or teachers about it. Always report or block inappropriate content. Don’t be afraid to show a trusted adult something inappropriate that was sent to you by anyone, stranger or not. Be Internet BRAVE.
PS. If your kids are going to be on Instagram (the fastest growing digital presence), demand that their account be private. If not, I guarantee they will come across something inappropriate for their eyes to see.
Be Internet Awesome
There were so many interactive games to play for kids and even us adults to take part in. Teia and I managed to get a game in before it was time to leave. If you answered the question correct and first, you received “I am Internet Awesome” card.
These 5 healthy digital habits for families are for you to learn and do so you can keep your kids safe when in the digital world.
Remember, we can make a difference in our child’s online experience with Be Internet Awesome.
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