1) Take technology away at night. There are multiple sockets in your home so there is no need to have devices charging at night in your child’s bedroom. Children are riskier when they surf the web at night when they think their parents are asleep.
2) Maintain access to your children’s accounts. Either friend your child on social media or be in a position to log-in with your child’s user name and password. Children are less likely to be engage in bad behavior on line if they feel their parents are monitoring the social media accounts.
3) NC law has not caught up with technology. Sending photos as pranks could land students and children in hot water and potentially lead to legal trouble. Tell your children to never send nude photos or to threat or harass others online.
4) Utilize your parental settings. Computers are not the only devices with parental controls. Game consoles, tablets, internet service providers, search engines and mobile phone companies all have parental controls. Also utilize blocking features.
5) Monitor the applications that your children download on their phones. Just because you have taken text messaging off of your child’s phone service it does not mean that they cannot still message their friends. Messaging applications are on the rise (SnapChat, GroupMe, Kik Messenger, Nimbuzz and Tango).
6) Don’t respond to mean, unwanted or threatening emails or chats. Make copies as soon as you can and save the evidence, then delete it as soon as possible. This will cut the time it is available on social media and will keep others from viewing it and chiming in.
7) Monitor your child’s wi-fi network activity.
8) Make sure your children don’t put any personal information online that could lead to pinpointing their location. Make sure geolocation is turned off of smart devices and while on social media.
9) Tell your child to notify an adult if someone makes them feel uncomfortable online.
10) Don’t share passwords unless it’s with a parent. Make sure they use an ambiguous screen name.