Monday, June 24, 2013

Staying #CyberSafe with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? As well as National Adopt-A-Cat Month? How about National Tennis Month? Have you played a few matches lately to celebrate?

June is also National Internet Safety Month, a topic that becomes more and more important as our society spends an increasing amount of time connected to the internet at younger and younger ages.

As a timely way to help all of us, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has launched Cyber Safe Futures, a campaign designed to raise awareness among parents and guardians on the issue of cyber safety.

Touching on key areas such as cyberbullying, online privacy, social networking, and mobile smarts, this initiative encourages parents to have open conversations with their children about important online safety precautions.


Offering a huge variety of tools for Moms and Dads to learn how to keep their kids safe online, the BGCA website is the perfect place for parents to go to be sure that they are in control of their children's online and mobile safety activities.

With tips, educational resources and discussion cards on topics such as maintaining online privacy, mobile smarts and social networks, BGCA has made it possible to find exactly what information and trends you are looking for all in one spot.

While my children are both too young to be on the internet on their own, I know that it won't be too long before I start having more and more concerns for their online safety. In fact, one in three parents believe their teens to be much more tech-savvy than they are and there are currently over five million Facebook users under the age of ten!


I fully appreciate that BGCA places a primary focus on child safety and is committed to ensuring the safe futures of youth, including providing tips and tools to safely navigate an ever-expanding online world.

As a part of their goal for every young person to have a cyber safe future, they even have a brief quiz for parents to test their own cyber smarts: the Cyber Survivor Challenge Quiz.

In seven quick questions, you will not only find out important information about staying connected with your children online and easy ways to stay cyber smart, but you can also enter to win one of three grand prizes for the Boys & Girls Club of your choice!

CyberSafe quiz

With years ahead of me that are sure to be filled with cell phones, Facebook accounts, times spent Googling my girls' names and more, now is a great time to visit, watch the brief videos, and learn all that I can to get prepared!

Are you a cyber smart parent? How do you stay in control of your child's online and mobile safety?


Maria Iemma said...

I do not have young kids so I am spared the anxiety that parents are going to be experiencing as the technology develops further and more interaction on line will come with it.