This is the first year I’ll have an almost “tween” home over the summer…
This is also the first summer that we’ve got a computer in his bedroom, and each of the kids has their own “smart” device. Be it a kindle, ipad, or what not, they all know how to use them.
Now, I’ve got parental protections added to them, but if I’ve learned one thing about kids and technology – there are almost always back doors.
I worry about online predators, but not as much as I worry about them seeing something horrific. There is some nasty stuff out there!
Do you have teens and tweens that will be home this summer on their own? Internet safety is just one of many things they need to know about to stay safe.
This is the list I came up with for the most important safety items teens/tweens need to know.
Summer safety for teens:
- Internet Safety. Have a conversation about internet safety. The threats from cyber-bullies, pedophiles, hackers, thieves, and scammers can make any mom cringe at the thought of allowing her child to roam the internet. Especially as they grow older and have more freedoms online, or are using the internet more for research.
Traditional forms of parental control include monitoring and blocking sites of concern, limiting screen time, and talking to your children about all of the above concerns and how to avoid them. But with the onslaught of mobile devices that have access to everything, you might want to consider adding some additional layers of protection from the pros. Set up parental controls, but ensure that they know the rules about not divulging personal information or agreeing to meet someone.
- CPR – Enroll them in a CPR or First Aid class (especially if they will be babysitting this summer). Bee stings are more of a problem in the summer. If your child does get stung, make sure they know that if they experience hives or swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing result, they need to call for help and likely go to the Emergency Room.
- Ensure they know to drink plenty of fluids and always take a bottle of water with them when going out.
- Re-iterate pool safety protocols. More than 3,000 people die from drowning incidents over the summer!
- Put on the sunscreen. Every day. Even if it is cloudy, UV rays can still burn a child.
- Make sure the kids know and understand 911 protocol. Let them know if they find themselves in an unsafe situation or someone is hurt, they should feel comfortable calling for help.
Having an open line of communication and ensuring your children are aware of and know how to avoid or respond to these situations will go a long way in keeping them safe and healthy.
Do you have any safety tips you would add to this list?