I won’t take any risks with my kids’ safety
Caringbah mum-of-three Kristin Langley monitors her children’s use of all devices in the home using the Family Zone program. She says: The main thing we decided to do as a family was set up a second router that was for the children’s use only. We had the Family Zone program installed on it because it helps you establish a secure and safe online presence and it also helps you set time limits for screen time.
We moved to Australia from the US a few years ago because we didn’t want to have kids raised in front of the television. My eldest daughter, Olivia, is 13 and she has a smart phone but she doesn’t yet have a social media presence. Luckily, she hasn’t kicked up a stink about that yet. When she turned 13, instead of wishing her a happy birthday people would ask, ‘When are you joining Facebook?’ I know she will want it one day, but while I can keep her off it, I will.
When I was a kid you could come home and be safe and have 12 hours off from school and kids. But with social media now, there’s no escape and that’s scary.
When she got a phone I told her, ‘This is my phone but you can use it,’ and I told her I needed to know her password and would be checking her messages. And I check her Macbook emails as well. This may sound strict but I won’t take any risks with my children’s safe safety.
T The Family Zone program is great because you can set it up differently for each child. So, my e eldest has more flexibility than my fiveyea year-old, who I just have to make sure do doesn’t watch too many Minecraft videos o on You Tube.
At the end of the day these programs are great because it helps take the battle out of monitoring screen time, but it really comes down to good, old-fashioned parenting. I agree children need privacy, b but that comes with age. At the age of 13 I d don’t think they always have the capacity to make the right decisions for themselves.
T The most important thing for us as a fam family is keeping communication open.