I can't believe this picture was taken 3 years ago now! As my daughters grow, I have started thinking about the coming years when they'll start getting online more. How will I teach them about online safety?
The fact that I am a blogger that shares our family life openly online complicates how I may be able to present online safety to my children. I post pictures of them online, so it would be hypocritical for me not to allow them to use social media when it's age appropriate, right? After all, my 4-year old's latest game of pretend is that she's a blogger who hasn't written a post in 2 weeks and she really has to get this one done now! Maybe I have a future blogger in the works 🙂
So realistically speaking, it's time for me to start thinking about how I will position online safety with my kids, because time goes by fast and they are more open to learning at this age. What are the key things I really want them to know and remember? Here are three things that come to mind.
The first thing I want to teach them is that what we share online should be positive. There is so much negative out there now that we can bring light to everyone by sharing positive things. And by sharing positive things, we can manifest more positivity for ourselves as well. If it's not something positive, I don't want them sharing it online.
Even a picture of my girls on Halloween is a positive moment! I love sharing pictures of them online because I'm so incredibly proud of them.
The same safety rules that we teach them offline apply online. Don't talk to strangers. Don't divulge personal information to people you don't know. Share what's going on with your parents. Online and offline safety have the same principles.
One of my favorite things to do online is to share things that do good for others. I like to provide ideas on how people can live a more natural lifestyle. I like to be an advocate for the non-GMO and organic food movement as well as the natural health movement. My goal is to do good by spreading messages that benefit my readers and followers. I would love to see my girls do the same.
Get your kids involved in the conversation.
The National PTA and Lifelock have come together to spread the word about online safety and positivity. They have even launched a contest to get kids involved. All your student has to do is snap a photo of an awesome moment in their day and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag! Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 and November 30, 2014 for a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship.
How are you teaching your kids about online safety?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.