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It’s a big, scary world out there and it can seem even scarier if you’re a parent trying to protect your children from the dangers that come lurking from the real world and the virtual one. You can’t be with your kids 24/7 or control every situation that they might encounter but there are ways that you can still keep them safe. Fortunately for us all there are now a variety of online tools out that can help busy parents better protect their kids and help keep them out of harms way. Navigating this crazy world we live in today can be a bit easier when you know these 3 things about keeping your kids safe.
Online Public Records
With so many things in life including your child’s safety, the greatest tool at your disposal is information. Wouldn’t it be great to have access to information about the adults who may be around your child such as their friends’ parents or a new next-door neighbor? Well now you can with an online public records search. These kinds of dedicated searches will get you to the vital facts about a person and help you decide if they are safe for your child to be around. Simply enter the person’s first and last name as well as their known city and state of residence. When you know you have found the right person you have the option to dig a little deeper into their public records background also. Doing so can reveal a person’s criminal records, if they’re a sex offender and much more.
Cartoons and video games have been around for decades because kids (and many adults) love them. Such media is now being used by a number of child safety organizations as a learning tool to effectively teach kids about safety. These games and videos are exciting, engaging and entertaining so your kids will pay attention while they are having fun and learning important lessons that will keep them safe. Your kids might resist learning about fire safety, cyber security and other matters if they were in the form of a lecture but hearing it from a cartoon dog or princess will likely resonate with them!
Parental controls are a big topic today among parents for good reason. These are setting and tools that you can use when you are not around to keep your children safe online. The internet is a fact of life and while very useful it also harbors predators, bullies and many more potential danger to your kids. Parental controls can be set up by you on a cell phone, home computer or any other web-enabled device so you can limit the kind of content your child can access online and how much time they can spend online. With a cell phone, in particular, you can also enable tracking features so you can know where the phone (and your child) is at all times. If the standard integrated controls aren’t enough you can find a wide range of third-party parental control apps that you can customize to your specific needs.