SafeMama Discusses Internet Safety

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/26/10 •  4 min read

Last updated on August 20th, 2022 at 12:28 am

Our usual subject matter is safety for babies and younger kids, because that’s what we know right now.  I’m sure however, we have readers with older kids and this subject is going to be one that will become near and dear to my heart in the coming years, I’m sure.

My husband is an engineer in the network security field.  Sure, it sounds all fancy and stuff, but what it really means for us, as a family, is that he keeps abreast of all of the latest in regards to internet security, and it’s already been discussed that when our kids are older, our network will be on complete monitored lockdown.

It’s important for your kids to learn how to use the internet.  To some, it may seem as if the internet is this new fangled thing.  Some passing fad, but when you get right down to it, there’s already a generation out there that has no idea what life is life without it (which makes me feel old when I can say, “I remember the day MTV aired”).   So it’s important to teach your kids internet safety.  Especially these days with every type of social media you can think of,  it has become much easier for cyber predators to lurk around every corner, and now there are more and more stories cropping up about cyber bullying.   But where do you draw the line?   You want to give your kids some freedom to have a Facebook account like their friends, or allow them to play online games with their friends.  And while you want trust your kids, you’ve seen more episodes of Dateline to instill enough fear in you to last a lifetime.   So how do you go about teaching them how to safely surf the internet, while still being able to monitor them?   SafeMama has some tips:

Got any other tips? Software suggestions? Start a discussion in the comments!

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