Spying vs. monitoring a child's online activity

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how much is the appropriate line of monitoring their child's privacy without intruding on their privacy
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Spying vs. monitoring a child's online activity

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When we look at monitoring, spying, and privacy, we need to look at what's age-appropriate for our children and what is expected in the real, physical world. Your five year old has no expectation of privacy in the physical world, therefore, there is no expectation of privacy online. As your children get older, the rules change. Now, your ten year old may want a little bit of distance, but your monitoring is still as important as if you took him or her to the park and you were watching from afar. As your thirteen year old moves into that stage where he or she is ready to go to the mall on their own, they may be able to navigate the digital world a little more freely. However, we never stop parenting. We never stop asking where they are going and with whom they are going. We never stop asking them, as parents, what they are thinking and how they are feeling. As long as we can apply those same rules in the digital world as we do in the physical world, we don't have to worry about that digital line being crossed.

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how much is the appropriate line of monitoring their child's privacy without intruding on their privacy

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Lori Getz, M.A.

Technology Expert

Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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