Our children have remarkable technologies available to them–technologies many of us never dreamed we could have when we were children. This technology offers great potential, and great peril. Pella Police Chief Robert Bokinsky shares some tips on how to keep our children safe with technology.
Always remember that our children are the most precious things in our life, and that their safety comes before their privacy.
The internet is a wonderful place, but also one with bad neighborhoods.
Be proactive. Keep your children out of harms why be educating them, and by having safeguards in place.
Computers should be in public spaces where they can be monitored.
Parents should have access to their children’s passwords. They should know who their friends are on Facebook and on other social media.
It seems obvious, but you need to reinforce children not to give their passwords, names, or addresses to anyone they don’t know.
Chat rooms are often very dangerous–monitor who they are talking to.
Texting and otherwise using your cell phone while driving should not be allowed.
Many teens have a cell phone with a camera, and some are doing very dumb things with them, including sexting. If a teen takes a pornographic photo–even of themselves, and sends it to someone else, they could be found guilty of the distribution and/or possession of child pornography, and wind up on a sex offender list for the rest of their lives.
Children should never do anything on the internet that they wouldn’t be ok with showing their parents, their pastor, their future husband or wife, or children.