So, you hear all of the time “You need to stay on top of technology with your children. Be a step ahead of them.” We say these things in our parenting seminars regularly. And believe them wholeheartedly. But, where do you go? How are you supposed to stay a step ahead of them when every second of their free time is spent getting ten steps ahead of you! Plus, there are zillions of monitoring softwares and services out there now…which one do you choose?
Every once in a technology Tuesday, we’ll share with you one we’ve found that we believe is especially helpful.
We discovered Zabra.com when they asked us to make several short videos to help parents with issues kids are struggling with today. Basically, they monitor your child’s social networking sites…currently, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There are guidelines and they alert you when various words or phrases come up. Then, you are linked to videos and resources from different folks like us who can help you know how to help your child with those topics.
Probably our favorite part of the concept is this, “Zabra engages children in the process…Zabra’s goal is to improve the relationship between parents and their children by having real and meaningful dialog about issues that could arise that they’re not prepared to deal with.”
Anything that fosters real and meaningful dialog between parents and kids gets our stamp of approval! Check it out at zabra.com. And you can find other great resources at getnetwise.org and spectorsoft.com, as well!
And join us every Tuesday for more staying-a-step-ahead tricks and tips!