Keep Your Kids #CyberSafe

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

AreYouCyberSmartAs I mentioned before, when I was little I was apart of my local Boys & Girls Club of America. It’s such a great program, especially for working parents. Their after school and summer programs are the best way to keep our little ones  on track and in a safe place. We can’t always be there every second of the day, so it’s important that you take all the steps to make sure they are safe.

So much has changed since we were kids. The world is a much more crazy place now. Outside and sitting alone in your own home. Lurking in your computer. The internet is a scary world. You can hide behind a screen and be anyone. People have no filter behind those screens. They can be as mean as they want and pictures live forever.

Boys_Girls_Clubs_America_LogoOne in three parents feel that their teens are much more tech-savvy then they are. As a blogger I’m online a lot so I don’t feel this way but I know plenty of parents that do. Teens aren’t the only ones that bully people online. Adults do it as well. But if we educate our children early about Cyber Safety, we can protect them from cyber bullying and other scary internet creepers. Take the Cyber Survivor Challenge Quiz to test your cyber smarts. I passed, but my daughter doesn’t have a Facebook page yet. No child under the age of 13 should have one either. Not only are you putting them in danger you are breaking the rules.

June is National Internet Safety Month. Visit CyberSafeFutures.org to watch helpful videos and learn all about cyber safety, cyber bullying, mobile smarts and social networks. I learned that 1 in 3 teenagers has been a victim of cyber bullying. That number disgusts me. What disgusts me even more is that only 7% of parents are worried about it. 7%?! Are you freaking kidding me? My oldest is only 5 and I already worry about it.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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  1. Cyber awareness is so important. It’s such a fine line too. I want to protect my son, yet I don’t want to smother him over it. He’s only 2, but I’m sure I don’t have long before I really have to tackle this.

  2. My husband and I are trying to stay one step ahead of our tween, but she is pretty clever. We have parental controls on every device but it never seems to be enough.

  3. It’s scary how crazy people can be sometimes — I’ve been really honest and open with my 12 year old step daughter since she’s starting to get into the internet more.

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