Protecting Your Kids Online
There has been a HUGE spike in porn use online with COVID-19 (probably thanks to Pornhub offering it free to "help" with the crisis), and predators are organized and very active (i.e. "Zoombombing" below).
Every child is vulnerable in some ways. The biggest thing ALL parents can do for their own kids right now is to protect them from online predators - on every device! With more screentime than ever, kids are bound to encounter some "tricky people" online. Protect Young Eyes helps parents navigate this with their Top 5 Digital Safety Reminders. They also provide great info on everything from talking to a 5 year old about tricky people and porn, to blocking porn and setting up parental controls on apps and devices, starting here.
Are your kids using Zoom for school? Have you heard of ZOOMBOMBING?: The process by which a troll (or classmate) drops nasty content in front of others in a Zoom call because the host hasn't adjusted file and screen sharing settings correctly. More and more kids are loving Zoom or being asked to use it during class activities. But there are some settings that can prevent trolls from stopping in and wrecking things if for some reason they acquire the Zoom link. Learn more about Zoom best practices for teachers and students here.