How To Keep Your Kid Safer Online!
In this podcast episode, the guest is Clayton Cranford, a retired law enforcement sergeant from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who has expertise in internet safety for families.
He emphasizes the importance of addressing online safety for children. Clay also discusses the challenges parents face in managing their children’s digital world, especially during breaks when kids may have more unsupervised screen time.
He stresses the need for open communication with children about online risks and the importance of establishing a trusting relationship. Clay also suggests tools like the Bark app to monitor and alert parents to potential issues on their child’s device. Lastly, he covers using parental controls, which he says he walks through step by step in his book.
Delay Device Introduction as long as possible before introducing smartphones and social media
Open Communication is Key to encourage kids to discuss their online experiences and mistakes without fear of judgment
Use Monitoring Tools like Bark to monitor a child’s online activity and alert parents to issues
Limit Screen Time, especially during breaks, helps maintain a balance between online and offline activities
No Devices in Bedrooms while sleeping to minimize unsupervised online activities and potential risks
Educate About Risks such as cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content
Set Parental Controls on devices to filter and block inappropriate content
Choose Safe Apps – vet and approve each app before your child downloads it, like Snapchat.
Consider Alternative Devices for preteens, like smartwatches instead of phones
Address Impact of P0rn0graphy and it’s harm caused by early exposure to pornography and engage in open discussions about healthy relationships
Remind kids that their device is paid for by you and you own it!
Clay’s website with MANY great practical resources to keep kids safer online is CyberSafetyCopy.com
He recommends Bark.us to monitor dangers on your child’s device
He authored the book “Parenting in the Digital World“ and was recognized with the National Anti Bullying Award for his contributions
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Her website is WomenAwareAndPrepared.com where you can contact her or sign up for her weekly Tuesday Tip emails (at the bottom of the website) to stay safer and feel more empowered. You’ll receive a downloadable list of Mandi’s favorite 10 things to do to stay safer.
Music by Andrea Hamilton Binley at HopefulPop.com.
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