Many of you have ask for recommended resources for raising kids with a healthy perspective of technology and social media. First, let me say parents YOU are the best resource when it comes to teaching your kids about online safety. Communication is your BEST filter. Does this mean I don't recommend filters? No! But, remember a filter isn't a parent. So, use a filter on your computer and devices to screen out pornography and other inappropriate content. And, talk to your kids about online safety and their digital lives.
Build Strong Digital Citizens by Discussing
- Time spent online
- Being a producer and not just a consumer on digital content
- FOMO (fear of missing out)
- Staying Safe Online
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Bark monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different social networks for potential safety concerns.
Cost $9.00/month for the ENTIRE Family
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Circle pairs with your home Wi-Fi and lets you manage every connected device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them. You can set Time Limits for apps and web sites, finally getting online screen time in check. You can also set up age appropriate filters that apply to all their devices.
Circle Go is also available. Circle Go takes all of the settings your kids’ devices have at home and extends them to 4G LTE and any other Wi-Fi network they join.
Cost $4.99/month for up to 10 devices
Covenant Eyes offers an accountability program.
Cost $15.99/month for the ENTIRE family
This covers unlimited devices and offers filtering!
Malware Bytes detects malware 24/7 and removes it before it can be a threat to your computer. It stops ransomware attacks and shields against malicious websites. This is what I run on my computer as well as the computers in our home and businesses. I love that it runs on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
It runs $39.99 per device.
Trust me when I say, you can't skimp on antivirus protection!