We are constantly working to make sure that we promote digital safety in our home. I have guidelines for myself regarding what I will share here and what kinds of photos I will post. While I am glad to share photos of my kids, I do refrain from sharing our last name. I try all of the apps my kids use before letting them explore and they have a special profile on Netflix that will only allow them to access children's shows. As our kids get older, I know that we will be monitoring their activity online. Just as we will teach them safety in the real world (what to do when you get lost, how to safely cross the street, etc,) we will focus on how to be safe in the digital world. Mike frequently plays online games and will teach them not to share personal information such as address and school information in a chat setting. We will talk about the fact that photos you share on social media are never totally private. I hope to teach them to use social media and their digital presence in a smart manner.
The National PTA and LifeLock have partnered together to help families learn about making safe, positive decisions online. The #ShareAwesome campaign celebrates making good decisions in all forms of digital media. Not only is this campaign an awesome way for your family to talk about digital safety, it's an amazing contest too!
To enter, post a photo of a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action for the good of others to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareAwesome. All students who post a photo will be entered to win prizes such as tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!!
I am excited that my kids will have access to so much amazing technology in their lives, but it is important as parents for us to teach them how to #ShareAwesome. To learn more about this amazing campaign and to start the digital safety discussion with your kids, visit ShareAwesomeNow.org now.