Shopping for Gadgets this Christmas? How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online


It’s that wonderful time of the year when the festive spirit fills the air, and we’re all caught up in the joy of giving. With the excitement of choosing gifts, the idea of gadgets for our little ones is simply irresistible. Yet, in this digital age, taking care of our kids’ online safety has become a crucial aspect of being a responsible parent. This article is here to share some friendly and practical tips to help you navigate the world of gadgets and ensure your kids stay secure in the vast realm of the internet.

Understanding the Risks

In a world where technology is seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, where gadgets seamlessly become part of our everyday routine, it’s important to recognize the possible risks linked to online activities for children. Recent statistics have shown a worrying increase in cyber threats specifically aimed at kids, underscoring the importance of taking proactive steps.

Choosing the Right Gadgets

When it comes to picking the right devices for your child, it’s not just about getting something age-appropriate; it’s about tailoring the experience to their unique developmental stage. Take a moment to consider features that go beyond the basics – think parental controls for added safety, durability to withstand the adventures of childhood, and engaging educational content that turns screen time into a truly enriching experience. By focusing on these aspects, you’re not just selecting a gadget, you’re crafting a safe and enjoyable digital space that grows with your child.

Setting Up Parental Controls

A wonderful way to ensure your child’s online world stays safe and secure is by setting up thoughtful parental controls. By keeping an eye on and carefully managing access to specific websites and applications, you’re creating a digital space that’s not just safe but also tailor-made for your little ones. Use our Cyber Safety Wizard to get step-by-step parental control instructions for every device your child is using.

Educating Your Children

Guiding your children extends beyond the technicalities; it involves having an open and honest conversation about online safety. Share with them the importance of responsible online behavior, gently highlighting the potential consequences of sharing personal information. Fostering this understanding creates a safe and open environment for them to navigate the digital world.

Additionally, you can enroll your child in our Digital Citizenship course for students in 1st through 3rd grade and 4th through 8th grade. This program is specifically crafted to equip them with essential skills, offering a solid foundation to navigate the digital world responsibly. It’s a proactive step towards ensuring their safety and fostering a positive online experience.

Cybersecurity Tips for Parents

As a caring parent, it’s just as crucial to bolster your own cybersecurity measures. Taking simple steps like regularly updating your passwords and staying vigilant against phishing attempts are essential.

Additionally, staying informed about the latest online scams that may target children is key. To further empower yourself and enhance your ability to safeguard your children in the digital realm, consider enrolling in courses like our DIGITAL PARENTING 101. This course is designed to equip parents with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect their children from online threats and foster a positive digital experience. By investing in your digital literacy, you’re taking proactive steps to create a safer and more enjoyable online environment for your family.

Our book, Parenting in the Digital World: A Step-by-Step Guide to Online Safety, answers parents’ most important questions about making their children safe online. It will show you how to talk to your child about sexting, predators, bullying, screen time, and pornography. How to turn on all the parental controls to the latest operating systems, game consoles, and popular apps: Windows 10, macOS, Chromebook, Apple mobile iOS, Android mobile OS, Xbox, PlayStation 4 and 5, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and more.

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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.