Common Sense Rules of the Road for Parents
1. Model good behavior. If we're on our Blackberries or iPhones at dinner, why will our kids listen to us when we tell them to turn theirs off?
2. Pay attention. We have to know where our kids are going online -- and what they're doing there.
3. Impart our values. Cheating, lying, being cruel -- they're all non-starters. Right and wrong extends to online and mobile life.
4. Establish limits. Phone time, video download time, destinations. There's really a right time and place for everything.
5. Encourage balance. Get kids involved in offline activities -- especially where there's no cell service.
6. Make kids accountable. If they have a privilege, make sure they earn it.
7. Explain what's at stake. Let kids know that what they do today can be abused by someone tomorrow.
8. Find ways to say "yes." That means we have to do some homework and know the sites they visit, the songs they download, etc. -- and findRead More »from Internet Safety: Rules of the Road for Parents in a Digital Age