Apps to help keep track of what your kids are doing online The concern: How would I even know if this is happening to my kid if they don’t come out and tell me?
The facts: The strategy: The tricky part is that most tweens and teens withdraw and are sometimes secretive; it’s part of their development.
For instance, kids should never share a phone number, address, or even last name with someone they’ve never met.
Also, sharing sexy pictures or being overtly sexual online leaves an unwanted legacy, with or without creepy adults, so we need to teach kids about being mindful about their digital footprint.
The facts: The strategy: We often tell kids not to talk to strangers or share personal information, but a kid’s online relationships can feel just as real as their offline ones.
You can review the general description of the exam components and specific topics in each testing section on NCEES’ website,
Find out how they chat — is it through an app or through their phone’s SMS texting?
(If they’re using an app, it won’t be easy for you to see it, so ask to do occasional spot checks.) Make rules around who they can chat with — for instance, only people they know in real life. What would you do if someone you didn’t know contacted you?
If, however, you notice these in the extreme, that’s a concern — no matter the reason.
Spot checks on the devices your kid uses to monitor for sexy posts and pictures and knowing some lingo can help, but open communication — without accusation or overreaction — is usually the most effective.