Host a Web Smart Party

  • Do you have a computer at home?
  • Do you or your kids use gadgets such as an iPod touch or iPad?
  • Do you all have cell phones?
  • Are you and the kids on Facebook?

Then you need to be Web Smart!

Today’s devices are connected to the Internet 24/7.  Children have access to the world right in their pockets.    Consider these statistics:

  • 62% of children worldwide have had a negative online experience.*
  • Of the top 100 kid’s search terms in 2009, “sex” and “porn” were in the top 5.+
  • Half of all 2-4 year olds have used a computer, along with 90% of 5-8 year olds.  And about half of all children in the U.S. have access to a mobile device. ++

But there’s good news:

  • A 2011 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that there are benefits to kids and teens who use social media, such as socialization, communication, and learning opportunities.**

Let’s face it; these technologies are here to stay. 

You know you need to stay on top of what your kids are doing online, maybe install some filtering software, or set restrictions on mobile devices, but who has the time to read through all those instructions? Some parents might not feel confident trying to figure it all out on their own.

So let me show you how!

A Web Smart Party makes the process fun instead of overwhelming.  We gather at a host’s home, relax with refreshments, and then review parental control resources, Internet safety techniques, social media options, and more.  If your child has an iPod touch or iPad (or if you do) you can bring it and take action right away. I customize the information based on the gadgets everyone has and the topics in which you are interested.

Topics may include:

  • Safe searching in Google, Yahoo, and Bing on computers and mobile devices
  • Restriction settings on devices such as iPod touch, iPad, iPhones, and other tablets
  • Facebook Privacy settings for you and your teen
  • Parental Control software options

Testimonials

Read what others are saying about Be Web Smart after attending a Web Smart Party.

Interested in learning more?

Send a message from the Contact page for more information or to book a Web Smart Party.
(Currently offered in the Seacoast/Southern New Hampshire area only).

 

 

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* Norton Online Family Report, June 2010
+ Norton Online Family Information
++ Zero to Eight: Children’s Media use in America, a Common Sense Media Research Study, October 2011
** The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families, American Academy of Pediatrics

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