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The age of technology is upon us. As the digital world continues to progress, our children are progress right with it or even faster. As our kids demand the newest phones, tablets, laptops and other technologies, having the technology talk about online safety can be hard because there are so many topics to cover. Where do we start?
Well now thanks to National PTA and LifeLock, parents now have a way to jump start the conversation. Smart Talk is a free online tool designed to help families set ground rules for technology use and help empower our kids to be digitally responsible citizens.
It is essential that our kids are educated on the effects and consequences or careless technology use in a world where identity and well-being can be compromised because of online behavior, and important, private information can be stolen if kids are not careful.
Smart Talk engages the kids and parents in an interactive experience, leading them through a guided conversation about online safety and privacy, screen time, apps and downloads, texting and calling, and social media and respect.
As you go through the experience, Smart Talk asks you questions regarding the given topics and records your answers, for example, “(Child), do you agree to respect other people’s privacy?” The question offers a yes or no option and will record whichever one is chosen. For every subject listed, there are questions that help create the rule and at the end, you have a list full of rules for the child to follow when using the device(s) and is also a contract that can be signed by the parents and child, printed and saved.
What I love most about it is that The Smart Talk can be revisited to keep as many times as needed to keep the conversation going and relevant as the kids age and technology continues to advance. This is great for me since I have kids in the home that range from elementary to college. Just knowing that we can openly communicate about and have common ground about the importance of online safety helps me to feel more at ease with them using technology no matter where they are.
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To get your conversation going with your kids, visit The Smart Talk website.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.