I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
We are a family of the digital age. With 3 kids and multiple tablets, phones, laptops, internet-accessible video game consoles, and a computer between us, there are plenty of ways for us all to get online.
But am I doing enough to keep my kids safe?
I’ve been on the internet long enough that I like to think that I am. I like to believe that I know all the tricks and ways dangerous people can find my kids online, and am able to block them appropriately. For now, because with my oldest only nearing 12, we’ve yet to deal with social media and the modern threat of cyber bullying.
In fact, one of the questions I posted to the BGCA Cybersafe team was when do they feel it’s appropriate for teens to get involved in social media and what platform do they feel is best to start on? Social media is such a part of our everyday lives these days, but I know some platforms are much more ripe for ridicule and bullying than others and as their mom, I would love to shield them from that for as long as possible.
Do you have a question about internet safety? Now is a perfect time to ask and get aware, since June is Internet Safety Awareness Month! Throughout the month of June, BGCA and Sprint are inviting parents to submit their top questions about cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy, mobile smarts and other cyber-related issues. BGCA’s Cyber Safety Ambassadors, a panel of Boys & Girls Club teens from around the world, will answer parents’ questions from a teens’ perspective, and since teens are so much more tech-savvy than adults anymore, I’m sure there’s so much we can learn from them!
BGCA is committed to keeping kids safe, and in today’s world that means being safe online. My kids remain content to watch silly videos on Youtube for now, thankfully. Still, I know all their passwords and keep an ever watchful eye out for where they cybersurf. But what happens when they get older and there’s a closed door between me and them? Which is why I’m asking questions and preparing for their cybersafe future!
Do you think you’re doing enough to keep your kids safe online? Submit your questions to the BGCA Cyber Ambassadors regarding cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy, mobile smarts and other cyber-related issues and you’ll be entered to win one of three iPad minis and $500 to your BGCA club of choice!