Setting up guidelines for kids and their technologies

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Setting up guidelines for kids and their technologies

I think any time you buy a child a piece of new technology, it's a great idea to create a contract between you as the parent and them as the users. You want to make sure that things like personal safety, what personal information they are going to share in using the device. You also want to include things like how much information are they willing to give to their parents. Will the parents have access to these accounts? Will they have their passwords? Include things like time management as well, so you are not constantly battling about how much time is spent online. You also want to think about ergonomics. Ergonomics is an issue that we don't usually talk about with internet safety, but it's important. You don't want children sitting in front of the computer for too long or in the wrong way. When children become aware that this issue is for their bodies, they tend to think of it in a different manner. You, as the parent, also need to agree to a few things. You need to make sure that you talk before saying "no," and that you are always willing to listen to their side of things. Understanding how their online world works is the best way for you to keep the lines of communication open.

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Lori Getz, M.A.

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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 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 and  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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