1. WRITE OUT A FAMILY CONTRACT – It’s a good idea to create a media and internet contract with your family. It’s all about boundaries. Set boundaries together, determining what sites are okay, what sites are questionable, and what sites are not worth visiting.
2. SIT DOWN TOGETHER AND ESTABLISH THE FAMILY GUIDELINES – Make guidelines about giving out personal information, posting pictures, social media, and forums/chat rooms. You might also set rules about computer or device hours, making sure monitors are always within view of the whole house, and what is okay or not to download.
3. EXPLAIN THAT THEY NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT THEY POST – Whatever they post online could potentially be there forever and out of their control. You don’t want words or photos coming back to harm you or another person.
4. WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL MEDIA, FOLLOW THEM BACK – It may be a family rule that if you have a social media account the parent is automatically a follower. That’s okay. It’s all about building relationship and trust, especially for older children and teens. Show respect to your child and their privacy, but never stop being a proactive parent.
5. SET TIME LIMITS – On many computers and devices you can go into the Parental Controls and set time limits. If this is not an option, build it into your family rules.
6. GET X3WATCH – Filters and accountability software are practically a must for parenting in the digital age.
7. KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR PAGES AND MONITOR THEIR ACTIVITY – Again, X3watch has you covered. Your weekly accountability reports will help you know where your kids have been. Periodic checks for children and teens are a good idea. Be a healthy hovering parent.
8. NO ALTERNATE ACCOUNTS – If you’re not getting much from your child’s X3watch reports and you know they’ve been online, you might need to check for alternate accounts. Children and teens should never have email or social media accounts parents don’t know about.
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