“Look both ways before you cross the street.” “Never accept a ride from a stranger.” “If you’re home alone, never open the door.” These are the lessons that were passed on to us to keep us safe as children, and no doubt we’re passing these same tidbits on to our kids.
But growing up, we didn’t have to worry about online predators, inappropriate web content, or cyber bullying. As a parent, I try really hard to keep myself educated about online dangers, but with new social media tools popping up daily and kids who have a digital footprint even before they’re born, I’m finding my own children are often a step a head of me. The internet is so easy for them to navigate, and they have the tools and access long before they have the appropriate judgement and ability to surf safely.
AVG Family Safety is a new tool to help parents to keep their kids safe. It’s a simple software downloaded on to your child’s laptop, computer, iPod Touch, iPad or Windows mobile device, that allows you to keep a step ahead. You can stay informed about what apps and sites your child is using, set limits to time and access, block certain sites, keep an eye on content and track social media activity.
This is a software that will grow with your family. I think you’d use it in one way for your 6 year old (blocking sites, managing time spent online) and in a completely different way for your 16 year old (using keystroke technology it can monitor your child’s online activities and can spot words, phrases or technology that are known to be used to victimize kids online).
Most importantly, it also offers education to both kids and parents, and allows you to create solutions, monitor and enlighten through conversations, all through updates to your own mobile device. A tool like this can encourage and allow for dialogue with your kids, which is the most important way to keep your kids safe online.
The software is only $49.99 for a one-year subscription; a very small price to pay for peace of mind.
Now for the best part! UrbanMoms would like to offer you a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet with AVG AntivirusPro for tablets (one year license) and AVG Family Safety software (one year license).
To enter to win please comment below and tell us what advice you give your children about on-line safety. One lucky UrbanMoms member will be chosen at random to win this fabulous giveaway!