This post is sponsored by Messenger Kids and SheKnows Media.
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of spending too much time on your phone (all of us should be raising our hands btw). I have been using the internet for as long as I can remember, hello millennial! ;) Since Charlie recently turned 8, I’ve started allowing him to have a small window of screen time a few times each week. Ever since I downloaded the new Messenger Kids App, it’s made me think a lot more about internet safety and how important it really is. It’s no secret that kids love their digital devices. Whether they’re checking out the latest viral video, playing games, or texting friends, they’re constantly connected, so it’s important to set limits and boundaries. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s discuss!
Nearly all children now have access to the Internet. Internet technology gives children access to vast amounts of valuable information and endless sources of entertainment. However, it also exposes children to certain dangers. I feel strongly that limiting your child’s screen time is a big part of online safety. Too much of anything is never a good thing, right?! It’s so easy to get carried away with a couple loads of laundry and completely forget your child is still on their smart phone or tablet. That’s why I always make sure to set the automatic timer on Charlie’s Messenger Kids App. I love that it automatically shuts off when the time is completed.
Get all your pillows and blankets ready right now because it’s fort time. Let’s be real, there’s no substitute for a meaningful, supportive relationship between parents and children. It’s so important to me that I always keep the conversations going. Sometimes during these talks, I mention some of the dangers of the internet. I had Charlie promise that he will not give out personal information such as our address and telephone number. He also needs to tell Andy or I right away if he comes across something that makes him feel uncomfortable. Messenger Kids is another way for us to make sure Charlie is protected from the dark side of the internet. We have complete control of who he can connect with and when he can connect. It’s a blessing that I don’t have to be looking over her shoulder all the time and can focus on my own work!
What are some of your favorite online safety tips for kids? I would love to hear about anything you may recommend in the comments. Check out the app’s Facebook page. The app can be downloaded from the Apple, Android, or Amazon Fire app stores.