Parental Controls and Internet Summers
Keeping kids active, involved and safe this summer is a topic on every parent’s mind. We’ve complied suggestions for both sides of that equation – websites that are engaging and appropriate for K-12 AND guidance for parental controls. Have a great summer and hang in there!
Websites for Fun and Safe Summer Learning
Contributed by one of our favorite educators, these websites provide a variety of options for your young learners:
IXL – personalized practice in all content areas for K-12. Some content is free, $20/month for membership.
Prodigy – Free math program for students in grades 1-8. Set up in an engaging game format, so for this reason students love it.
Kahoot – Game used by teachers for review/test practice. Popular with students, however it takes a bit of setup. Many free options, paid is $4-$20/month.
ABCya – Games that review math and language arts skills for students in grades K-6. Some games are just fun, certainly not all bad in the summer months! Free plus premium content for fee.
National Geographic – Kids – Very kids friendly and great content, free. An overlooked resource!
EPIC – Free for 30 days (or totally free if teachers provide a “class code”). Access to 40,000 ebooks for kids of all ages in English and Spanish.
PBS Kids – Great content, Kid-friendly games, videos, etc. Skews toward younger children.
Dave Ramsey Junior – Targeted toward kids ages 3-12, a variety of content that can help your kids get an early start on managing money. Starts at $18.99.
Master Class – For the more mature “child” and their parents, this presents a great opportunity to learn together. $15/month
Parental Controls for Internet Safety
Now that kids are online with some great content, how do you keep them safe and perhaps limit the time they spend online? You’ll need to invest a little time and perhaps some money, but it is time well spent. Your internet provider may have great tools to limit kids’ available content as well as set time limits. Here is information about parental controls for Verizon Fios and Xfinity, other providers have similar information.
This article from Common Sense Media is a great guide to parental controls. The consensus from experts seems to be that parental controls are worth it, and if your kids are old enough you should let them know what you are doing. Nothing can take the place of spending time with your kids on the internet so that you know firsthand what they are doing. Teenagers often find their way around much of what you do, so communication and frequent review are needed!
There are many options depending on what you want to do. You can block specific websites, types of content, impose time limits and report on activity. Once your child has a phone there are apps that monitor text messages, social networks, emails, and other mobile functions, and have to be considered depending on your concerns. GPS trackers can keep you informed about your child’s whereabouts (or at least their phone’s whereabouts!) as long as the phone is turned on.
You can also control the devices on your home network, limit screen time and turn off WiFi. Once your kids are on social media, there are controls but you’ll need your child’s cooperation to keep them turned on.
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