Do you have a tween or teen digital kid, engaging on Snapchat, Instagram, or any other social media network? Maybe you have a grade school kid just itching to get a phone. If so, you need to read this post and learn about an incredible educational opportunity in parenting our kids in the online world. My dear friend, Galit Breen, offers expert advice and guidance in helping us parents manage our kids’ online activity- something we ALL need to learn. It’s terrifying territory to let our kids be in, isn’t it? I worry all the time about my own kids and this unending landscape they tap into on their phones or ipods. If you feel the same way, Galit is your girl! Please read her important story about what could easily happen to our kids, and then check out what she has to offer! I’m honored to support her work in helping us all keep up with our kids’ online use in the ever-changing and evolving digital world…
What our digital kids need from us is to talk to them directly and honestly about HOW they can be safe and kind online users. At the end of this post, I have a really thorough checklist for you about just that! CLICK HERE to get that checklist and begin keeping up with your kids’ online use today!
Can we talk for a second about the worst day of my (tween parenting) life?
Because … it was bad. Really bad.
In a nutshell, my daughter’s 6th grade teacher was Snapchatting inappropriately with a student. The day I learned about this, our family had just returned from a coveted January vacation.
*Getting out of the bone-chilling cold mid-winter in Minnesota is seriously underrated. I’m convinced that everyone who didn’t tell me about this the first 10 years I lived here was holding out on me. Big time.
Anyway, when we got home, my daughter’s Math teacher was suddenly … gone. Replaced by a long-term sub. “Where in the world did the Math teacher go?” became our family’s version of, “Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”
Until that morning, as I was doing the get-out-the-door shuffle with my kids—serve breakfast, clear the dishwasher, pack the lunches, empathize that the library books went missing again—my husband texted me this: I know what happened to the Math teacher.
He had found a revealing article in the local paper and texted me the gross summary.
And there I was facing all three of my kids and just about the very last thing that I wanted to tell them was that there are grownups in this world who would send messages like that to children.
The day I realized that my kids could experience something vile like this, that they were far from invincible, was just … the worst.
Now listen up, because this is important: the reason that this specific girl ended up okay—and NOT a sad statistic—was not because her parents kept her off line until a certain age—they did do that and all of this still happened. It was because they talked to her about these kinds of things before they ever needed to.
This is SO important!
Doing things right is one thing—it’s quite another to do things in the right order.
That’s why I made THIS CHECKLIST for you: because this is what your digital kids really need from you.
As you read through it, I want you to pay close attention to WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FIRST—before cell phone contracts and monitoring apps and systems that shut off the Internet at a certain time of night.
Because if the parents of the girl I told you about hadn’t done this all so PERFECTLY, her story would have ended very, very differently. They saved themselves and her a TON of heartache by doing this ONE thing. And I don’t want YOU to go through the same super-scary things we read about happening to kids online every single day.
Curious about what you’re going to learn in this checklist?
We’re going to hammer out:
- The ONE thing that the safest and wisest kids ALL have in common. (Yes, all of them!)
- The LOW TECH solution to the HIGH TECH problems that your kids face. (They face these things Every. Single. Day. We can’t ignore that!)
- The surprising thing that even the most well-meaning and loving parents do that SABOTAGES their kids’ safety. (Don’t ignore this. It’s too important.)
So—what are you waiting for? Download the checklist and get ahead of this learning curve right now!
Galit Breen is the author of Kindness Wins, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching your kids how to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online courses Boom, Done Digital Parenting™ and Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She blogs about raising digital kids at TheseLittleWaves.net and you can get her parents’ guide to their new(ish) digital kid RIGHT HERE.
I am an affiliate member of Galit’s amazing work, because I believe in her heart, her knowledge, and her investment in helping us parents make sure our kids are safe in the online world!