- Click here for other social networking websites
- instant messaging from a computer or cell phone
- text messaging from a cell phone or computer
- cell phone usage in general
- websites where children will enter their personal information in order to set up an account
As a part of the discussion that takes place following these questions, it is often apparent that parents have questions about how to appropriately monitor technology. Of course, as parents of children who are (or are becoming) more computer literate than their parents, we must be ever-cognizant of our children’s on-line experience. Suggestions for parents include the following, some of which are from the FBI:
- Communicate, and talk to your child about sexual victimization and potential on-line danger.
- Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you about their favorite on-line destinations.
- Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child's bedroom.
- Utilize parental controls provided by your operating system, your service provider, and/or blocking software.
- Always maintain access to your child's on-line account and randomly check his/her e-mail.
- Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
Of course, at school technology is monitored, blocking software is utilized, and children/families all sign the district computer-use agreement. I share this as a reminder and for your awareness.