Momo Challenge, Imo Messenger, YouTube Kids – what parents need to know

Maranda

Kids and internet safety – it’s a topic we need to continually be talking about and Maranda got a chance to talk with 2 local experts about what parents should be doing. Chris McKenna is with Protect Young Eyes says all the news about apps and websites is actually teaching us things about the internet and technology that we should have known all along. The internet is not inherently built for children, so parents always have to be engaged and involved, no matter the age of their children. Parents should always be curious, you’ll learn a lot about your child by understanding where they click and why they click on certain websites. Parents should always be involved, the internet is not meant to be journeyed alone.

Maranda also sat down with Gordon Greer, a Licensed Master Social Worker with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  He says our society as a whole is spending more and more time on the internet, we shop on the internet, we play on the internet, so it’s more important than ever to be aware and involved. Remember that children watch adults and their parents, so if adults are always on devices, then children will be too. Talk to your kids about the fact that they are people out there on the internet trolling and make them aware of how to be good consumers and decision makers on the internet.  Having more computer time in common areas of the home can help you keep an eye on what your children are doing while they are online.

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