Things have changed so much since I was a kid and you can probably say the same. For the most part, I'm glad that my kids are older and I don't have to monitor their apps, chat rooms and other social media platforms.

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Most of us don't want to be helicopter parents but we want to make sure that our kids aren't getting themselves in trouble in the social media world. Toni Birdsong is an author of several books on Family and Faith and a parent of two young adults. Here are some of her easy-to-follow tips to monitor your kids' online activities.

Easy Ways To Monitor Your Kid's Online Activities

Get filtering software - Put it on all your home PCs and your kid's phones. Keep an eye out for any suspicious apps and get to know their icons.

If you find something, don't panic - Ask your child in a calm manner why they like that particular app. This is a really good way to find out their understanding of the app and their understanding of safety. The more YOU listen to them, the more YOU"LL learn.

When they are finished telling you, then explain why you don't like the app and why it isn't safe for them. Watch them as they delete it.

Stay with it - Set up a family account for app downloads and keep the passwords secret. This way, your kids will have to let you know what they are downloading.

When the opportunity arises, mention risky apps - When you hear about an app that could be a safety risk, mention it causally during dinner or while riding in the car. This lets them know that your aware of it without sounding like your intruding.

Being a parent in 2022 isn't easy and we want our kids to be safe while finding there way. Enjoy every moment you have with them and take every opportunity to let them know that you want the best for them.

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