JetSet Kid is 8 years old, just began 3rd grade and received her very own iPad. Me? Well let’s just say having navigated the online world of social media for the last few years, I’m scared to death of this new found freedom. Safety is key and my #1 concern when it comes to her developing her own online fingerprint. It’s important for our children to realize their social footprint is the credit score of the future. It will be used for determining jobs, scholarships and college acceptances.
It’s never too soon to have “the talk.” No, not the one about the birds and the bees, it’s a new generation, but The Smart Talk about developing a personal online lifestyle which will ultimately translate into her online portfolio and digital footprint. Talk about leaving a legacy. This is just as important as a credit history and maybe even more because it’s public. A quick keyword search of someone’s name will produce an instant encyclopedia of information. With my guidance, it’s time for JetSet Tot to learn how-to properly pilot, protect and respect her online identity with rules and practices, so I turned to LifeLock to help me initiate the conversation.
LifeLock not only gave me a set of helpful tools and a free resource to organize my thoughts, but a complete online contract for her and I to fill out together online. Many families have verbal agreements, but how many have taken another step further and written and printed out? This platform launched by LifeLock, Inc. and National PTA® empower families to make smarter, safer choices while managing devices and setting perimeters.
So what exactly does the contract cover? The Smart Talk provides a series of questions and conversation prompts about topics like: safety and privacy, screen time, social media, apps and downloads, texting and calling, reputation and respect, and online videos and cameras.
As a parent, I appreciated the format and questions, and as a child, Kiddo was grateful to have a say in discussing the ground rules of the agreement. She felt grown-up being able to discuss and agree upon healthy limits instead of them just being imposed. Our official personalized family agreement was then printed out, posted on our fridge and saved onto our computer drive.
Here are a few excerpts of our personalized Smart Talk Family Agreement:
I encourage all parents to consider The Smart Talk Family Agreement regardless of the types of technologies you have at home. Sitting down with JetSet Kid was not only beneficial for her knowledge and protection, but it was a parenting lesson I hadn’t been primed for. I mean, let’s be frank, this isn’t a discussion our parents had with us! Technology is constantly changing and moving quicker than I can keep up with. So it’s times like these that I’m grateful LifeLock and PTA National want to help. Because I’ll take it!
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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