If your child has a smartphone, iPod, tablet, computer or any way to access the internet, check out thesmarttalk.org.
There’s a quick guide on setting ground rules for your kids, questions to help you decide if your child is ready for their own device, and my favorite – a printable agreement that you create together.
I love the agreement because it’s setup as a series of questions that you discuss together. The questions range from the amount of screen time allowed each day, to what will be shared on social media, to handling online bullying, and more. They also threw in a couple of fun questions to keep the conversation going. Each question is a conversation starter that will give you insight into your child’s thoughts. You may be surprised at what they know, or even what they (or some of their friends) have experienced already.
It took us about 15 minutes to go through the questions and when we were done we were able to print our agreement. It’s a reminder of expectations and she feels good about it because we did it together.
And, if I ever have to discipline her because of a breach of contract, she can’t say she didn’t know, :-).
So, have you talked online expectations and social media with your kids? If you try thesmarttalk.org please share your experience. I would love to know your thoughts!
p.s. A special thank you to Blogalicious for introducing me to The Smart Talk, one of the great sponsors this year, :-).