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Digital Parenting on Wireless Devices for Safe Children

May 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

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Digital Parenting is controlling the parameters of digital life with children.  It is important for parents to learn how to play and teach their children to play it safely.  It is obvious our world and lives are going to continue to revolve around digital sources.  Wireless is infiltrating most every sector of the lives we lead.  Parents need to become familiar with how to protect their children.

Here are five important tips to keep children safe in the digital age:

Family Intelligence and Education

  • Develop safe practices and rules for the family on mobile device usage.  Everyone in the family should subscribe and adopt the rules.  These can be as easy as: "Never use my phone to harm others", and "Remind all drivers to never text and drive".

  • Post the rules in an area for everyone to view.  This will assist vistors and guardians or babysitters to also know the rules and follow them with the children.

  • Get the facts on wireless usage and issues concerning parents and families.

Parental Choice

  • Parents choose the devices and services that are offered to their children.

  • Parents can limit the services provided to their child's device such as: text messaging, data restraints, internet, location based services, videos, music, etc.

Parental Management

Parents can manage and monitor children:

  • Controlling the amount of minutes, messages, and data the teen uses

  • Checking records for unknown numbers

  • Checking devices for inappropriate messages or videos and internet searches

  • Carrier specific tools and controls for teen devices

  • Implementing the CITA application rating system for mobile devices that will rate and inhibit inappropriate apps and content based on set filters.

Know Laws and Rules

  • There are federal and state laws protecting children regarding their mobile devices.

Wireless and Digital is the Present and the Future

  • By teaching and training children about wireless common sense and practicing it themselves, parents and help children to be better prepared to utilize wireless for education and jobs.

To protect children, parents need to be equipped with the correct tools.  Part of this equipment is to be educated.  In order to find more tips or become educated with more useful information, please visit our website.  

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Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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