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Why is it so hard for parents to talk about online safety with their kids? My theory is that it’s because it’s the first time in history anyone is having this conversation. We’re the first generation of parents to need to talk to our kids about online safety. We have no model to go from, so it feels like more of a challenge than other parenting conversations.
Lifelock realized that parents were having trouble structuring the conversation about online safety with their children. They also realized how critical that conversation is. So they decided to offer a free resource to open up the conversation between parents and kids about online safety.
Now that kids are back in school, it’s very important for parents to have the conversation about online safety with their kids. More and more time is spent online – and access to computers and the internet is growing every single day, even in schools. I was startled to read that 92% of teens say they go online daily, and 24% of those teens say they go online “almost constantly.”2 Constantly? Wow.
Technology is not just something fun to play with at home anymore. It’s an integral part of our everyday lives. Did you know that the majority of children receive their first smart phone somewhere in the rage of 8-12 years old?. While 79% of families have technology agreements with their children, only 6% of those agreements are in writing.1
Like I mentioned, LifeLock understands that being a parent is a true balancing act, and that doesn’t change when it comes to managing kids and their devices. That’s why Lifelock teamed up with the National PTA to give parents a way to make the complex discussion of online safety easier for everyone.
The Smart Talk is a free resource for families to help parents set up a clear conversation with their child about the use of technology and agree upon ground rules together. This digital tool is designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online. By having this conversation and setting up boundaries and expectations, we can help build the next generation of digital citizens – and we’ll all be on the same page.
While my girls do not have smart phones yet, they do have tablets with access to the internet. They mostly use that access to watch Netflix, but I know it won’t be too long before they figure out how to get on the internet. I’m trying to educate myself now on how to best set limits everyone can understand and agree to.
I clicked over to The Smart Talk to check out the interactive experience. It’s a very easy to use tool that guides you and your child through a series of questions and conversations.
The agreement will be customized for you and your child.
You’ll get to walk through important topics like safety and privacy, screen time, social media, apps and downloads, texting and calling, reputation and respect, and online videos and cameras.
There are a number of questions in each section to discuss and figure out which answer is right for your family. Then after you agree on healthy limits together, a personalized, official family agreement can be stored on your computer or printed and posted at home. I like the printed version because it’s something you can always point back to and remind your child that they were part of setting up the rules.
If your child has a smart phone or other device that connects to the internet, please take this opportunity to have a conversation with them about online safety. It couldn’t be easier with the free The Smart Talk digital tool.
Visit the Smart Talk site to check out the online safety resources and create your own personalized family contract to encourage healthy digital habits.
1. Commissioned study conducted by ResearchNow on behalf of LifeLock, adults 18 and older were surveyed online between July 20-24, 2015.
2. Pew Research Center, Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, April 9, 2015 – paragraph 2, sentence 1
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.