Parenting in the Digital Age
It is my sincere pleasure to introduce Jill Johnston, president of KJB Security Products, a Nashville, Tenn.-based wholesale manufacturer and distributor of security and surveillance products. She offers some amazing tips, suggestions and information about the crazy web of technology that is readily available to help ensure that your children don't get caught in it's grip:
Remember the “good old days” when the most you had to be concerned about in school was getting caught passing notes back and forth to your friend or to that cute boy that sat in front of you? And, when taking photos involved handing over film for processing that could take several days? Or, dealing with the playground bully was limited to a shoving match?
For tweens and teens being raised in the Digital Age, navigating a world where they are building a digital footprint of texts, videos and images can be a frightening concept for parents. Just when you think you have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram figured out, new platforms, such as Snapchat and Kik Messenger, become the “it” thing.
Love it or hate it, technology will continue to advance and new social media platforms, apps and devices will hit the market on what seems like a daily basis. So, how do you talk to your kids about appropriate digital use and awkward topics like sexting, cyberbullying and harassment?
Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for responsible technology and media use, and Verizon have produced several hilarious Internet Safety PSAs that, if you’re a parent, you’ll completely relate. The nonprofit also offers tips and resources for parents concerned about online bullying at www.commonsensemedia.org. These and other awareness campaigns are good first steps to prompt parents to begin having conversations.
And, of course, parents should research the many tools available to them in the form of parental control settings for the Internet and devices, and online services and apps that can monitor your child’s social media usage, electronic communications and their whereabouts. uKnowKids is one such service that provides real-time parental intelligence, although we all know teens can be sneaky and find ways around these by creating ghost accounts and other methods.
Another option parents might want to consider – especially if they suspect that their child might be in a compromising or dangerous situation is Recover It, a smart phone and computer device that recovers text messages, deleted emails, images and videos. KJB Security developed Recover It in 2012 to provide forensic quality data recovery for law enforcement, business and personal security, though its applications for parents could be very useful.
Thankfully, I survived raising three amazing children through the tumultuous teen years…without too many gray hairs! But, ‘boy’ do I wish these tools would have been available! It would have saved me from much worry and sleepless nights.
Written by Jill Johnston, president of KJB Security products.
Posted by Ginger Hill on May 13, 2013