1. It’s time to have “the talk”


When teaching kids how to use the internet and stay safe online, these helpful tips from Common Sense Media will ensure you are prepared to provide guidance that will help keep kids safe.

2. Set up guidelines

Guidelines are like training wheels when kids start using smartphones. They help them to learn the basics and protect against mistakes. Family Media Agreements are available for all ages to help guide any family. Looking for a way to set parameters around screen time or media? Try this Media Time Calculator from the American Academy of Pediatrics! You can also walk through how to create a Family Media Plan.

3. Help them think before they post

Once you click “share,” it’s hard to take it back. Every post has impact and kids should think through whether it’s okay to post. Here’s a flowchart that’s a great resource to help kids think before they post.

4. It’s best not to overshare

What is shared online is up to you, the adult, and the kid. Everyone is digitally connected and kids must think about safety and security online and offline. Tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance can help them to be privacy-savvy.

5. What kids say online have real life consequences

later_hatersEmpowering kids to rise above online negativity is important for their everyday interactions online. The AT&T #LaterHaters campaign is dealing with online hate with handy tips and advice, including a useful guide for parents. You can find more resources on how to combat online cyberbullying on the AT&T Digital You website.

6. Stay up on apps and lingo kids might be using

As an adult, there might be some apps you think kids just shouldn’t have yet. Knowledge is power, and with this Common Sense Media Glossary you can learn about today’s most common apps and what they do to make a decision that’s right for your family.

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