3 KEY THINGS to Help Parents Protect their Families from the dangerous side of Smart Phones

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This past school year our oldest daughter left the comforts of an Elementary School a few blocks from our house and started attending Junior High three miles from our home. We had not wanted to get her a cell phone until she was at least 14, but suddenly it seemed like it would be a good idea. So, we gave her my husband's old phone, forbade her from joining any social media platforms until she was at least 14, and started the complicated journey of navigating teens and cell phones for the first time. 

This is a scary world, but we have been told repeatedly by Prophets and Apostles that the Internet and Technology can be a source for great information, spreading our testimonies, and sharing positive messages.  But we all know how much bad there is out there!  I was overwhelmed and worried that we would make a mistake as we started this journey with our daughter.

In a recent Ensign Article a member asked:

How can our family take advantage of what is available on the Internet while avoiding objectionable material and people of questionable character?

William C. Porter, an associate professor of communications at Brigham Young University, highlighted three key things to help parents protect their family against the dangerous areas of the online world:

1. Parental awareness - "Parents need to make online use a family, not a private, activity. Put the computer in a room that the whole family uses, not in a child’s bedroom. Be aware of when and how your child uses [technology]."

2. Family rules - "Family rules about [technology] use are essential. It is important that you and your family members agree on the who, how, when, and what of computer use".

3. Filtering - "You will want to check what is available to your child wherever he or she uses the Internet. If help is needed in addition to filtering, software is available that tracks [usage] and reports to you."

(You can read the entire Ensign article here)


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    Learn some tips from LDS church leaders on the 3 Key Things you need to do to protect your family from the dangers of smart phones and the internet. One LDS mom shares a tool that has helped her family stay safe on their smartphones.

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