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Keeping my kids safe is my number one priority as a mother. I make sure my kids look both ways when they cross the street. That their shoe laces are tied so they don't trip. That they wear a coat when it's cold. And I make sure that they buckle up!
But there are other dangers out there that we didn't have to think about even just 5-10 years ago. I'm talking about internet safety. We do everything in our home that we can to keep our devices safe for our kids. With homeschool we have the world at our fingertips as far as educational resources go online. But with that all access pass also comes some extremely dangerous side effects.
Protecting my kids from pornography is my number one concern at the moment because I know how damaging the effects of such material can be on the brain and how readily accessible it is in this digital age. (I've linked some of my favorite articles with the facts below.) And as we will be entering the world of "teenagers" this month in our home, sexting, bullying through social media, and phone addiction are more concerns following close behind to name a few.
Did you know that there is a correlation between smartphone uses and depression, anxiety, and suicide? That is just scary to think about!
But the good news is that we don't have to just sit back and feel helpless. Because... there's an app for that!
WebSafety is an app to help parents, protect children, and help them use their mobile devices safely. The app alerts you if they break a boundary that you've set. It monitors where your kids are going, who they contact and who's contacting them on their phone. It's not about controlling them, it's about teaching them how to use the devices responsibly (education).
What Does WebSafety Do?
-Monitors text messages and social media use
-See what photos your kids are posting or interacting with on Facebook and Instagram
-Sends real time alerts when they see dangerous activities or cross boundaries you set.
I have a challenge for you. Download the app for FREE for you first 30 days (after the trial it's $5.99/month or $59.99/year). It's available on Apple and Android devices. And just see what your kids are up to for 2 days. Just #48hours! Are you up for the challenge? I would love to hear what you find out, so please let us know!
Here are a few articles that are super helpful, just wanted to share.
- Damaging effects of Pornography
- How to Take Away Your Teen’s Smartphone and Teach them to Use it More Responsibly
- What happens when you let kids regulate themselves - a real life experiment.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids between 2 and 5 years old should only have one hour or less of screen time a day. For kids older than 6, media should not take the place of sleep or physical activity. Here’s their page on establishing a social media useage plan https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx
- How tech is altering our lives.
- Screen Time Addiction: The amount of time children 8 years old and younger spend on phones or tablets has increased tenfold in just five years, according to a 2017 study by Common Sense. The organization also found that 42 percent of children under 8 already have their own mobile device. That number was less than 1 percent in 2011.
- A Utah teacher asked her 9th grade class to reveal what their parents don’t know about social media and write it on postcards, the results went viral. She asked them to fill in the blank… “What my parents don’t know about social media is ___.”