Kids are not only growing up digital but we are raising digital families. In today’s world, online relationships are a normal, healthy part of life and social development. Social media can support kids as they explore and discover more about themselves and their place in the world. It’s important to establish digital boundaries and help your child learn healthy digital habits. Here are some tips to help set the ground rules and keep your family safe in the digital world.
We live in a world where sharing photos of your kids on social media is natural and somewhat expected. We love our kids and think everything they do is super cute and we want to show everyone how cute they really are, but while sharing shots of little ones is perfectly fine, some moments should remain private. As parents we have to be conscious of the dangers and risks that we impose by sharing on social media. Here a few things you should think twice about before sharing.
Any photo of your child partially or completely naked, may not be the best for public consumption. Unfortunately, what you think is the cutest moment of your nakey baby could very well fall into the wrong hands.
When they're sick or injured
Ask yourself this question: Would you want someone posting pictures of you while you're feeling lousy? Probably not. Though those dosey little eyes may be the cute, be sure to apply the same standard that you consider when posting your own pictures.
Child shaming photos are trending, just check out the hashtags. Admittedly, most of the troubles that kiddos get into are pretty funny but this practice can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. Not only does shaming violate trust between parents and children, it may cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life. Remember that photos posted online, don't go away and features such as TimeHop can haunt you every year.
On the potty
Potty training is a huge milestone so you may be tempted to share photos of your kiddos doing their business but these moments are best kept private. Remember, anything you share online lasts forever. Again, would you want this photo of yourself on social media?
Keep children safe by being very careful about sharing their full names, addresses, where they go to school, if they are babysitting alone somewhere, etc. online, especially on public profiles. You don't know who might use this information for purposes other than what was intended.
If you're ok with sharing photos of your kids online, great. But other parents may not feel comfortable having their children's faces shared on social media. Make sure you ask for permission to post any photos including other children. You may not know situations in other children's lives and the last thing you want to do is put another child in danger.
Your child picks up an adult beverage and before you grab it someone snaps a picture. Maybe you've let your child sit in your lap to move the car from the garage to the driveway, pausing to get a shot. these types of photos are seemingly harmless and taken in good fun, but sharing them online opens you up for a whirlwind of problems.
What kinds of pictures do you think are best kept private and off of social media?
It's Summer break and the kids are busy exploring outside, playing games and riding bikes all day. As parents we check out their bikes, we go over safety rules, stranger danger, we meet other parents and create emergency contact lists, but we may be missing a bid danger lurking right outside the back door.
With the summer heat and humidity in the forecast, it’s important to keep your kids safe from heat-related illness. The heat isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be dangerous and even deadly. Children are more susceptible to temperature extremes, since they can't regulate their body temperature as well as adults. This summer, keep your kids safe by learning to recognize and treat the signs of heat-related illnesses and ways to prevent them.
The following heat safety information can help you and your kids have a safe and fun summer:
Recognize the signs of heat-related illness:
Know how to treat heat-related illness
May is traditionally a busy time for families. The end of the school year activities often fills up the calendar. Mix that in with graduations, Spring Sings and award ceremonies and it becomes even more important for families to take time out from their busy schedules to spend some time together having some good old fashion fun.
It's almost summer time and the pool is calling out! Swimming comes with a lot of benefits, but only if you choose to swim healthy and safe! Whether you are swimming in a public pool or your own, keep in mind that we share the water we swim in, and we must to do our part to help keep everyone healthy. To help protect yourself and other swimmers from germs or injury, here are a few easy and effective steps all swimmers can take each time we take a swim.
The summer countdown is on and summer plans are starting to take shape. Summer camps are starting to release their schedules and sign ups are right around the corner. Summer camps provide amazing opportunities for children to learn, discover and grow. We've created a list of the top ten benefits of summer camps for kids. Share your favorite memories of summer camp with us on Facebook or in the comment section.
The weather is turning from cold and dreary to warm and sunny. Your kids are going to start heading outside to play. As parents and caregivers, we need to be extra mindful of the sun's dangerous rays. Be sure to stress the importance of sunscreen when your kids are in the sun for any amount of time; waiting for the bus, recess, after school, weekends.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd of each year. Earth day is meant to create awareness for environmental concerns and join in ways that we can help keep earth clean and healthy. So why is it important to teach our children about Earth Day? The kids are our future and the world we live in, the environment we create, will be there home for generations to come. If anyone is going to make a difference and start new ways of protecting the earth, it’s our children.