While I sometimes have days where the electronics are turned off and we live as if social media isn’t a part of our lives, the reality is that my family IS using digital technology in just about all aspects of our lives. We use resources online for our homeschooling, I search for new ideas to try in the home on blogs and via Pinterest, we all shop or at least price compare online, and the boys enjoy some gaming fun as well. Having so much at our fingertips is both awesome and a bit scary of what you might find entering your home without your knowledge.
I love to share photos of the boys with family and friends on platforms such as this blog, Facebook and Instagram. They love seeing what we are doing, especially since in person visits are infrequent with thousands of miles between us. But, sharing online comes with a potential price as there are people who will pull images from the web and use them for their own, unsavory schemes. So, digital safety is really important to me.
Keeping the boys safe when they are online is important to me (and even I don’t want to see certain things pop up on my computer screen!) Instead of locking down everything or spending my days sitting alongside them, I have elected to be proactive and work on teaching them how to make positive, safe decisions both online and offline. This includes knowing what to share, where to share it, and with whom to share.
Thankfully, my boys have been learning that there are things which are appropriate to share and things that are not. Typically, this is woven into discussion around the table at our house. My eldest son has already seen some friends posting questionable content on Facebook. Knowing that it never really goes away and future success in life might be foiled by a future employer seeing that ‘party’ picture on social media, they are really quite conservative on what they put out there for the world to see.
Knowing my inclination to educate rather than shelter, I was excited to hear about National PTA partnering with LifeLock to share different ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools.
The #ShareAwesome campaign was launched with the goal to build an understanding among parents and students about safety both on and offline. Thankfully, the skills needed to be safe and positive online are similar to what is already encouraged offline. It is all about having a happy, healthy lifestyle and using the wonderful technology we have available to do good.
Part of the campaign is the #ShareAwesome contest. Here’s how social media users can join the fun:
Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!
Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!
Has digital technology taken over your house?
What steps are you taking to ensure safety for your family while still enjoying all that digital technology and social media provide?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.