teen-smartphoneIf your son or daughter has a mobile device, have you talked with them about using it appropriately and avoiding inappropriate things?

Here are a few tips that may help:

Family Safeguards

Has your family discussed together the benefits and the potential risks of using technology? Have you established any family rules about when and how to use your devices? You can help keep your family safe by establishing family guidelines and a culture of trust where family members support each other. In a previous article, I provided a downloadable document Family Safeguards for Using Technology.

You can also find help in the booklet Parenting the Internet Generation, one of many free resources from Covenant Eyes.

Covenant Eyes is a Christian-based company that offers free resources, such as the one mentioned above, and also a paid program that combines internet filtering with a system of accountability. You can try the filtering and accountability program free for 30 days using the promo code SAINTS.

Covenant Eyes is a Christian-based program to help your family stay clear of pornography. The strength of the program is that it combines filtering with a system of accountability. This program helps families escape the temptation by removing the secrecy of the Internet. Accountability software monitors and reports all web activity to an Accountability Partner of your choice. The reports score websites to easily identify mature web addresses, searches, and links. The full-featured filter may be used with the accountability service or by itself. You can choose which services are used by each person in your family: accountability, filtering, or both. They also offer Internet Accountability for the iPhone, iPod touch®, and iPad® and are developing applications for other mobile devices. For about $17 a month, I think this is one of the strongest programs of its kind. I believe in their system so much that I’ve set up an affiliate relationship with them to help spread the word. This page contains affiliate links for which we may receive compensation for referring customers.

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