LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits #TheSmartTalk

Like many kids of his generation, my son has growing up surrounded by and using technology. But as he's gotten older, I've started wondering about internet safety. How and when should I teach him online safety rules?

To be honest I've been putting it off. But after learning about LifeLock The Smart Talk Giveaway for a chance to win a trip for four to Disney World, I had the motivation to do it!

LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits

Note: Thank you LifeLock for sponsoring this post. Please visit The Smart Talk for more tips on how to prepare your kids to develop healthy online habits. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits

So I called my son over to my laptop and I started a discussion with him about us planning healthy digital limits together. It's a talk we've started before but this time I explained to him that we will put all the things we talk about into a personalized family agreement.

LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits


While it seemed like really big task, we were able to do it step by step thanks to The Smart Talk – a free, digital toolkit that gives families a road map to set collaborative ground rules that help strike a healthier relationship with technology, created by LifeLock and the National PTA.

The Smart Talk website is really easy to use.


LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits


We were able to chose which options for which ground rules we wanted to focus on. I thought this was a great idea since parents can customize rules to fit their children technology usage. While I allow my son to use technology to play with apps, watch videos and take photos, he's not allowed on social media or to make phone calls.


LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits


Once I picked our customized rules, then we were able to go through and discuss permissions and devices options. We clearly established what my son can use his devices for and that I'm allowed to set limitations on time usage, etc.


LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits


Once we agreed on the points, then everything was put together nicely into an official family agreement, which could be stored on the computer or printed and posted at home. One great thing about the The Smart Talk agreement is that you can always go back to edit and update different points as your child grows or their technology usage changes.


LifeLock The Smart Talk Helps Parents Teach Kids Good Online Habits

After printing out our The Smart Talk agreement, we both signed that we'd follow the rules as discussed. It felt so official and both my son and I felt we had taken an important step together. I'm so glad that the LifeLock The Smart Talk made it so easy for us!

Now we can enter to win that sweepstakes where families have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World as a reward!

You can enter also!

Visit The Smart Talk Giveaway site to enter for a chance to win this amazing prize and create your own personalized family contract to encourage healthy digital habits.

Any eligible person can enter The Smart Talk Giveaway between now and Feb. 16 by visiting www.TheSmartTalk.org/#/Giveaway

You can re-visit the page each day to put in an additional entry for yourself. One lucky winner will be selected for a trip for four to Walt Disney World in July 2016. The Giveaway winner will be announced in early March

Here's to raising healthy digital children into adults.

Note: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of KidzVuz blogger network and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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16 comments:

  1. As a rule, when the option is given, I never "save" passwords on sites. People can hack you easier that way, and, having had ID theft 3 times now, I'm not all about that!

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  2. This is such a great idea. My son is grown, but I am going to review this with my niece and nephew.

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  3. This is a great idea. The internet can really suck up a ton of the kids' time, and it can be very dangerous as well.

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  4. Teaching kids how to be safe online is so important. How great that LifeLock can help with that.

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  5. With all the technology out there and young kids having access to it... it has got to be pretty scary raising little ones today. This LifeLock Smart talk website sounds like a great idea.

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  6. I just tell my kids that you can't unring a bell. So before they start a search or go to a website, they need to make sure they discuss it with me.

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  7. I'm very careful with clicking strange links in emails. Also I report scammers.

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  8. My children are all young adults and they know how to keep their personal information safe from online predators. I will recommend this LifeLock Smart Talk to my sister. She has tweens and they should be careful of what they post or access online.

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  9. Rules are set for safety and not to prevent them from having fun. This is a great resource for parents.

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  10. My kids have set rules. Such as no chatting, no message boards, no saving passwords, no signing in to anything without me right there. Must use computer in the living room where everyone else is... etc - Jeanine

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  11. That trip to Disney is always a great incentive. :) I taught my kids to never give out any information whatsoever online. I don't care who it is, if they need to know something, they can ask me the adult.

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  12. The Smart Talk website looks like a great resource for online safety. I will have to share this with my friends with kids.

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  13. The online safety tip I give my girls is to keep their accounts private. They have to ask me permission to add new people to them, then once I've monitored their friends accounts, I give a yes or a no.

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  14. It is very important that we teach our kids how to be safe online. It's great that there is a program like this to help with that.

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  15. I think we all have the responsibility to teach some good online habits to our children that could help us get a better generation after us. LifeLock sounds like a great thing to use & I love how you can have a discussion to make sure all are kept under the limits.

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