Parenting In The Digital Age – How To Keep Your Children Safe
When you are at work and your kids are not in school – do you ever wonder what they’re doing or where they are?
If your child is old enough to have a cell phone, do you ever worry about who they are texting?
Are you familiar with the content and the ratings of the video games that your children and their friends are playing – as well as the content available to them online when they access these games?
Does your teenager practice safe telephone habits when they are behind the wheel of a car?
My husband and I thought we were relatively savvy about the technological dangers that families face in the 21st century – and how to guard against them – until we attended an eye-opening seminar entitled Parenting In The Digital Age and discovered just how much information we still needed to know!
Parenting In The Digital Age is a special seminar, co-hosted by Sprint and Digital Shepherds, that’s designed to teach parents about the dangers children face inside and outside of their homes, and equip parents with the tools they need to protect their families from these dangers.
Because this information is so vital, we’d like to share the information and resources you need to protect your children and provide your families with peace of mind!
Digital Shepherds – Safety Begins With Good Parenting
Fox-La’s Tech Ninja Tshaka Armstrong and his wife Kelli – the co-founders of Digital Shepherds – were the featured speakers and both presented captivating presentations about the new dangers that unsuspecting children, teenagers, and their parents face on a daily basis – and what we can do about it.
Kelli opened by introducing us to Digital Shepherds – the organization she and her husband founded after Kelli rescued her tween daughter and a friend from a potentially dangerous situation. Today, their non-profit organization works with parents, youth and educators to promote Internet safety, digital and media literacy and digital abuse prevention.
Tshaka shared how children are naturally curious, and how that curiosity can easily be exploited in a number of settings. Although he spoke in detail about specific threats and how to avert them, a good bit of the discussion centered on the need for parental involvement.
Tshaka reminded us that it’s up to us to protect our children and to set clear boundaries and guidelines – even if it isn’t always easy.
If you aren’t having conversations with your children that make you a bit uncomfortable, you may not be having the right conversations.
Tshaka and Kim are well-informed, passionate parents and speakers that we could easily listen to and learn from all day. We encourage you to visit them at Digital Shepherds and highly recommend them to your school and organization as speakers!
Sprint Apps And Resources Can Keep Your Family Safe!
Sprint Corporate Team Members Amy Johnson Baugh, Stehpanie Walsh and Heather Wong provided us with in-depth information about a number of safety topics and Sprint resources designed to help parents protect children during the round-table lunch sessions:
- Online Safety Resources Relating To Cyber Bullying, Online Predators, Privacy, Sexting, Social Networking and Web Cams
- Important Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Mobile Privacy
- A Parent’s Guide To Mobile Phones
They also turned the spotlight on three important apps: the Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Mobile Controls, and Sprint Drive First.
Sprint Family Locator
The Sprint Family Locator is an awesome app that helps you to remotely locate your children’s devices on a virtual map from your mobile phone, PC or tablet and perform automatic safety checks throughout the day at the intervals that you specify.
For instance, you can use this app to ensure that your child safely arrives at school, at home and extra-curricular activities. You can activate up to 5 phones per account.
Sprint offers a free 15 day trial for Android or iOs and then there is a monthly fee of $5.99 per account.
Sprint Mobile Controls
Sprint Mobile Controls allows parents to clearly understand their child’s telephone, texting and app usage habits, to lock their child’s phone when needed, and to browse through their child’s contacts and apps to ensure the phone is safe. The fee for this service is $5.99 per month, per account.
Sprint Drive First
Sprint Drive First is a FREE app that allows Sprint users to lock their Android-powered smartphones when the phone’s GPS detects motion above 10 mph.
The app directs incoming calls to voice mails and silences distracting alerts. You can customize an auto-response to all text messages, which are held until the driver comes to a stop.
Now It’s Your Turn To Share!
What situations have you and your families faced – and what concerns do you have – when it comes to parenting in the digital age?
What solutions, apps and resources have you found that you’d like to share with other parents?
Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Disclosure: Create With Joy received promotional items for attending this event.
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