“Social distancing,” “shelter-in-place,” “virtual happy hour” – these are some of the new expressions on everyone’s lips the past few weeks.
Does your child love YouTube videos? Did you know that while little Susie was watching her favorite shows, YouTube was collecting data and using it to send her targeted ads?
Do you know a child who dreams of being the next big star? Who spends time at home, recording song and dance routines (maybe over, and over, and over again)?
Many school forms require personal and sensitive information.
You probably have a list of things to get done before your kids get back to school. It may include getting school supplies, figuring out carpools, and scheduling afterschool programs.
When your kids begin socializing online, you may want to talk to them about certain risks:
Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site.
When very young children start using a computer, they should be supervised closely by a parent or caregiver.
Teens are forming their own values and beginning to take on the values of their peers. As they mature, many are eager to experience more independence from their parents.
Tweens (kids ages 8 to12) begin exploring more on their own. They need to feel "independent," but not alone. It's important to be with them — or at least nearby — when they're online.