Seeing my kids gain independence as they get older is one of the greatest privileges of motherhood.
There are certain moments, like watching them swim or ride their bikes without training wheels, that make my heart smile. My sons are getting smarter, more confident and more social every day. But, when it comes down to it, they're still kids. No matter how independent they want to be at age 6 or age 16, they need guidance. For many more years to come, it will be up to my husband and I to help our kids stay out of trouble.
I'm taking it one day at a time, and, for now, my sons are young enough that they only get supervised computer time. But, for older kids, I found a few helpful tips for monitoring online activity. They are:
1) Supervise Internet and Mobile Phones: If you can see what your kids are doing, they're less likely to get in trouble. Consider using a Parental Intelligence System such as uKnowKids.com.
2) Safeguards Safe Kids: Installing CIA-level monitoring software on your kids' computers does not guarantee they'll be safe online. Technology can't replace your time and attention as a parent or guardian.
3) Don't go overboard: It's smart to keep an eye on your kids' social networking proles, but it's never cool when you post embarrassing messages or pictures to their page.
Aren't these tips are a great place to start? I'm really grateful that parents are taking the initiative to develop products, like UKnowKids.com, that help to keep our children safe online Check out this video to see how it works.
UknowKids.com provides: Comprehensive Facebook Monitoring,Mobile phone and text message monitoring, child GPS tracking and more. There are multiple subscription options including both paid and free options. You can find find out more on UKnowKids.com.
Have you ever used a service like this? What do you think?