How are you teaching your children to be safe in the age of smart phones? It’s important to be proactive as a parent about these things because even if your children don’t have cell phones, other kids your children interact with do!
I’m going to be attending an AT&T Mobile Safety School course this weekend to learn more about what we can do as parents to keep our kids safe, but here are some things that come immediately to mind:
~ Check your kids’ contacts and messages on a frequent basis. Make sure you stay involved in their lives and their friends and what is going on.
~ Keep the lines of communication open with your kids. Do you make specific time each day to talk with your kids? These times around the dinner table or in the car after school can be key times to touch base with your car and find out what’s going on in their lives.
~ Don’t shield them from the truth about consequences of misuse. It’s ok to be blunt about what might happen if they misuse their phones. “That boy got expelled from school because he was sending mean texts and videos on his phone.” “See those pictures this girl from your school posted on her Facebook page? They could keep her from getting a college scholarship or a good job.”
Giveaway! One Untrained Reader will be able to win a $50 Giftcard and a chance to attend the AT&T Mobile Safety School session.
The virtual Mobile Safety School schedule is as follows:
- Oct. 23 at 1p ET – mobile safety for kids 8-11
- Oct. 24 at 1p ET – mobile safety for kids 12-14
- Oct. 25 at 1p ET – mobile safety for kids 15-17
To Enter! Leave a comment and let me know what age you let your kids have a cell phone or what your rules for cell phone use will be (or are).
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Open to US Residents only, 18 and over. Giveaway ends Saturday, October 20, 2012. This is a sponsored post but all photos and opinions are mine.