Keeping Your Kids Safe on Facebook

Facebook is the most utilized social networking site world wide with more than 845 million users. The magic age for kids to be considered Facebook legal is 13. But of Facebook’s current users, an estimated 7.5 million are actually under the age of 13. Now more than ever parents need to arm themselves with information about how to keep their children safe on social media sites like Facebook that were designed for adults but are being used by kids. If your child (of any age) has a Facebook account, here are some tips to help keep them as safe as possible:

Talk openly about internet safety rules. Keeping the lines of communication open is one of the best ways parents can teach their children about staying safe online. Some basic guidelines include never giving your personal information online, never meeting someone in real life that you know only from the internet, and always telling your parents if something you have seen online makes you uncomfortable.

Know your child’s Facebook password.
I know some of you might argue that this is like making your child give you the key to their diary. But their diary is hidden away in their bedroom. It is personal and only for them to read. What they say or do online can have a lasting impact on their reputation and their safety. Something they post or a picture they are tagged in could haunt them for the rest of their lives. It’s that simple. Let them keep the key to their diary, but if they’re on Facebook then as a parent you need to know their password. [Read more...]

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The Best Of The First 100

With the writing of this post, this little blog of mine has reached an important milestone.  100 posts.  To celebrate, I thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane.  What follows are my top ten favorites from the first 100.  If you’ve been here from the beginning you might recognize a few of these as your favorites too.  If you’re new here, you’ll find out a lot about this blog (and me) by checking these out.  Here’s to the next 100!

  1. Do As I Say, Not As I Do
  2. For The Love Of Autism
  3. Temper, Temper
  4. Top Ten Reasons We Pick Disney
  5. No, I Don’t Have Any Wipes
  6. A Visit From Grandma
  7. Sibling Rivals Grown Up
  8. Five Days Without My Smart Phone
  9. Leiby’s Legacy Shouldn’t Be Fear
  10. What Did You Just Say?

No Means No

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed an alarming trend in my house whenever I say “no.”  My kids accept my response initially, but then something goes wrong.  Very wrong!  They start repeating their request over and over in an effort to get me to change my mind.  They seem to think that if they ask me enough times, that I will give in and let them have what they want.

Can I have a play date?  Can I have a Coke?  Can I watch television?  Can I have a snack?  Can I play a video game?  These are some of the most frequently asked questions at my house that get a no.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes each of these get a yes.  But only when the time is right.

No, you can’t have a play date when we’re walking out the door to go to gymnastics.  No, you can’t have a Coke after school.  No, you can’t watch television when you could be playing outside.  No, you can’t have a snack before dinner.  No, you can’t play a video game when you have homework to do. [Read more...]