At the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, keeping kids safer is our  their #1 priority. As a Mom, that is also a top priority.  I carefully watch the sites my children visit, monitor them, always have the monitors facing to where I can see what they are doing and limit their time on the computer.

In honor of Safer Internet Day, they wanted to share 5 things parents can do to keep their kids safer online.  I’ve also included a  link to Netsmartz,  - a trusted resource that makes learning about internet safety easy for parents and fun for kids.
  1. Establish some basic rules for Internet use such as which websites children may visit and for how long.
  2. Ask to see their social media accounts. Find out who they’re talking to and what they’re posting.
  3. Check mobile devices to see what apps they’re using and if they’re texting responsibly.
  4. Talk about issues such as cyberbullying and sexting. Make sure they know they can come to you if they have a problem.
  5. Find tips and discussion starters at to keep the conversation going.