I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
In today’s world, we find that things are a lot different than they were when we were growing up, and things are also constantly changing. I mean, with the technology we have and the internet, it seems like every time I turn around there is a new must have tech gadget on the market, or a new must download app to use. When it comes to parenting in today’s world, the challenges are different for parents today than the challenges our parents faced with us. And as a parent, I take a lot into consideration when it comes to setting rules and boundaries with my kids, especially when it comes to any screen time they might have.
I know that when it comes to the internet and the apps that are out there, my own kids come to me constantly, wanting to download this, update that, and wanting me to allow them more screen time as they get older. So as a parent, I not only research those apps, social networks, and games the kids want, but I also seek out advice, like the advice I was able to get by checking out the info on how “Cyber Safe” my kids are, and by utilizing the resources I found at The Boys & Girls Club site.
On the Boys & Girls Club site they have teamed up with Sprint to give parents answers to their questions. I was able to research information they have there about social networking, online privacy, and other info on cyber safety, as well as get advice from teens who are part of the BGCA’s Safety Ambassadors. The BGCA’s Safety Ambassadors are not only teens, but they are kids that parents can go to, to ask questions and get the answers that we are seeking out. Like when it comes to screen time and what is considered an appropriate amount of time for different ages, or how to explain cyber bullies to your kids.
The answers and information I can get from the Boys & Girls Club of American Safety Ambassadors are answers that come from a teens perspective, allowing myself and my husband as parents, to look at the various aspects as we set those rules and boundaries with our own kids. I like that with the BGCA, parents can go and submit questions through the month of June, and get the answers from other youth, who I have to admit, are a lot more knowledgeable and savvy when it comes to the technology that is out there. Which in all, helps parents with being more knowledgeable when it comes to the issues our children might face while they are online, and also helps to give parents a better understanding on what is out there and what to look for. Making it so together, we can help make the time our kids spend online, safer for them.
So if you have questions, get your answers now by heading to CyberSafeFeatures.org, where you can submit your questions to the BGCA Ambassadors, and get answers from a teens perspective. Also, when you head there right now and submit your questions, you can be entered to win one of 3 iPad Minis as well as a $500 donation to BGCA of your choice!