Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

4 Ways to Protect Your Family in a Technologically-Advanced World

Your duty as a parent or guardian is to protect your kid’s childhood, provide them with tools to prosper in life and assist them in growing into stable, productive adults. It’s impossible to isolate them from the world they live in, but you can turn it into a safer place.

For children today, technology is a part of their daily life. They switch between gadgets, media, and applications the whole day without even noticing. Unfortunately, technology poses many threats to the moral conduct of children, as well as to their physical safety. So as a concerned parent, what can you do? Here are some things you need to consider.

Control Your Child’s Online Activities

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or computer your kids are using; it must be under your watchful eye all the time. Applying this awareness can benefit you in two different ways.

First, you can easily notice instances of cyberstalking, and second, your children will be less likely to browse inappropriate materials. Monitor what your kids are saying and doing online by going through their browsing history and looking into their social accounts and digital communications every day.

You should also take advantage of parental control tools. Currently, most of the tech-savvy children know how to change and set their network’s privacy settings. For such kids, consider purchasing parental control software specifically built to help you control and monitor what they can or can’t do online. If they are brave enough to bypass parental settings, hire an expert to hack-proof the settings.

Kids Should Use the Computer in the Open

Consider placing your child’s computer in a highly trafficked area such as the living room or any other public area. This will allow you or other family members to easily see what your kid is doing on the computer. Also, putting computers in open areas will make your little ones less inclined to do bad things.

Use Smart Locks at Your Home

Technology does not only put kids at risk but also adults. It is easy to monitor a person’s movement today based on their social media activities. As such it is easy for burglars or people with ill intentions to know when you are not home and gain entrance. This is especially so if you forget to lock your doors. This is where smart door locks come in.

You can find brands that can be linked to a smart panel, allowing you to get email notifications or texts when you leave your home without locking the door. When this happens, you can still lock the door remotely from your phone, no matter where you are in the world as long as you have a connection.

You can also use geo-fencing features on the locks so that the door can lock automatically each time you leave the house and it will also unlock when you are back. You don’t need to carry keys around anymore. With smart locks, you can be sure that your family is safe and sound even when you are away.

Secure Your Home Network

Apply updated and powerful security software to evade the danger of viruses contaminating your computer or other devices like mobiles and tablets. Use a strong password on your family’s network and remember to leave your computer firewall on. Don’t share the password with kids. The more secure this home network is, less the chances of your children visiting malicious and vulnerable sites.

To be a great parent, you need to protect your family at all times. You need to shelter them and enable them to be without worries.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Food Insecurity - The USDA defines it as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources… A household is food insecure if, in the previous year, they experienced limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

According to Feeding America, food insecurity is a problem. Almost 28,000 Douglas and 75,000 Arapahoe County residents (1 in 7 Coloradans) face this issue.

Learn how you can make a difference - OneCanFeed.org
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Happy Prime Day! We need your help when you make a purchase today. Through the Amazon Smile program, .5% of your purchase can go to aid Integrated Family Community Services with their year-round mission. If you have not already linked your Amazon account to benefit IFCS, click on the link below. This is a free way to help us out. It costs you nothing and no charge is added to your account, but you need to use the linked account to assist us financially. Your purchase can benefit many in the community - you can make a "Prime" difference and generate smiles. #onecanfeed

smile.amazon.com
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

We are getting excited to start receiving backpacks and back-to- school supplies this week. We have 319 students being sponsored and are collecting extra supplies to provide for over 300 more children in our community. Let us know if you would like to donate to support this program - contact Sarah Rutledge at SarahR@IFCS.org or (303)789-0501. Donations are due by August 2. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

IFCS On Twitter

#OneCanFeed…Seniors! 1 in 7 Colorado seniors struggle with hunger (deciding between Food and Medicine). One Can Make a difference – learn more at https://t.co/FOLfhUTXMG

#OneCanFeed…Families! Nearly 1 in 7 Coloradans struggle with hunger, facing times when there is not enough money to buy food. One Can Make a difference – learn more at https://t.co/FOLfhUTXMG

We are pleased to announce the launch of One Can Feed! This is a fundraiser for IFCS to help collect financial and food resources to help others in need. Check out https://t.co/GZufelWL6R today to see how you can make a difference! #onecanfeed #dogood #charity #colorado

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations

 

 

IFCS

Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)