Times have changed so much since the 80’s when I was his age…. There was no such thing as tablets & the app store. No facebook, no twitter and no instagram – if you wanted to get in touch with someone far away, you had to pick up your telephone (the one with the 10ft spiral cord) and dial long distance.
You had to develop a roll of film to see the photos. If someone called you and you weren’t home, they would either call back or leave a message. When I wanted to watch cartoons, I’d have to get up early on Saturday morning because there was no such thing as a DVR. Wow – the more I think about it, the more I can’t believe how much simpler a time it used to be!
With that said, I know that my kids will have a completely different experience growing up, and as a parent I have to know the best ways to protect them both online and offline
For the longest time, I’d blindly hand over my phone or tablet and let JP play his games because I knew that’s all he had interest for since he couldn’t read. However, with each passing day he gets better at reading/comprehension, and it’s now suddenly opening up a whole new world for him.
I don’t know that I’m anywhere near ready for him to have a fb page or share selfies yet. For now, he’ll get to watch netflix cartoons and feed a mild minecraft obsession with occasional gameplay on the iPad. Until then, we’re going to learn some healthy guidelines using the Smart Talk website by Lifelock. It’s a great way to sit down with your child and discuss the importance of discretion while being online – and it’s free!
It’s basically a cool contract wizard to help you come to a clear agreement so your child knows their boundaries and stays accountable for themselves.
At the end, you can print it, sign it and put it on the fridge so it can be later enforced
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