Setting limits for technology with risk-taking kids

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Setting limits for technology with risk-taking kids

Parents, you have this very competent, risk-taking and a little bit on the edge kid, what are you going to do when they have technology available to them? First of all, you need to make sure that your expectations are on the table. The parent and the child need to talk. They need to have this two-way communication about what things are acceptable and what things are not acceptable. You need to set parameters. You need to make sure that if they go outside those parameters, you start bringing things in and making them a little bit more difficult for your child to have access to certain things. For example, your son likes to play video games. Great. Gets online and plays video games. Do you want them playing video games 24 hours a day? Absolutely not. So you need to set some parameters; how much time that they can play. Let's say your daughter likes to get on Facebook and spends lots of time on Facebook. She starts doing things that start to push the boundaries about what is acceptable in your family. You may have to say, time out for this Facebook. You may have to say, "I'm not going to let you have Facebook except when I log you in." But you have to keep in mind, Facebook is not the only social media out there. If you put all these parameters in, they still may go outside those parameters. You need to pay attention to what your child is doing when they are not home. How much time they are spending away from home. Things like that. Pay attention to your child's environment, the accesses that they have with technology.

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Lt. Joe Laramie

Former Police Lieutenant

In 2012 Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) formed Laramie Consulting, where he provides strategies and solutions for law enforcement and schools to address policy and training on a variety of technology and child exploration issues. He has 30 years of experience in the area of child protection, was certified Police Juvenile Specialist and taught D.A.R.E. for 15 years. From 2010-2011 he worked for the Missouri Attorney General as Adminstrator of Computer Forensics Lab, responsible for addressing online crimes against children, cyber bullying and human trafficking. In 2010, after 31 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department, where he was detached form 2003-2010 as Commander of the Missouri Interent Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. During his time with MO ICAC he served the National ICAC Task Force Program as liaison to Interent Safety Organizaitons such as Netsmartz, iKeepSafe, and Web Wise Kids, and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a nationally known speaker on the topic of online crimes against children, technology safety, and cyber bullying. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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