Online predators, bullies, sex offenders. It seems like threats to our children’s safety are all over the place these days. What can you do?
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Lots, fortunately. Also fortunate is that many of the tools available to help you to keep your kids safe are available quickly. And they are easy to use, thanks in large part to technology. Here are just a few of your options:
One of the easiest ways to keep your kids safe is literally in the palm of your hand. Whether your child has their own cell phone or borrows yours, you can utilize the parental control settings that come standard with it. With those settings, you can manage the type of content your child can access, set how long they can be online, and stop them from making any unauthorized purchases.
Similar kinds of parental controls can be found on desktops, tablets and other electronic devices. Or, if those standard settings aren’t working for you, you can always invest in a third-party parental control app that gives you the controls you really want.
If you just talk to your kids about safety, it’s 50/50 that they even hear what you have to say, let alone take the lesson to heart. Those odds swing dramatically in your favor, though, if you use a tool that kids really like. In this case, that tool is animated videos and games.
Many kids’ safety organization use cartoons and games these days to get their particular safety message across. It’s a time-tested fact that children love these kinds of media. So, they are much more likely to pay attention and actually have fun learning about things like cybersecurity, water safety, what to do in case of a fire, and much more.
Online People Searches
Finally, there are online tools that you can use to help keep your kids safer in the real world. With online people search tools, you can look up other adults in your child’s sphere, like their friends’ parents, or that new neighbor down the street with the great pool. With such a search, you simply enter the person’s full first and last name (and a city or state, if you know it).
Once you’re sure you have the right person, you have the option of accessing their public records to see if you can find out more about any criminal records they may have, if they’re a sex offender of some type, and more info. It’s just another technological tool at your disposal to keep you informed and give you some added peace of mind when it comes to your child’s safety.