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Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute says good digital parenting is about building your own confidence to help your kids navigate the internet.

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In this video, Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), says that good digital parenting comes down to one thing: confidence. Do you have the tools and know-how to confidently teach your children how to use the internet? It’s an ongoing learning process. So to help you along that path, FOSI provides tips and resources — backed by experts and research — to help parents develop their own digital parenting style. 

It can be as simple as reviewing FOSI’s 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting, which include communicating with your kids early and often about what they’re doing online, educating yourself about the tools and controls available to you, as well as being a good digital role model yourself.

Ready to get started? Check out these tools provided by FOSI, as well as the parental control options in Smart Family, which provides an accountability partner for you and your family when it comes to setting a cutoff time for Wi-Fi. 

   Managing Screen Time

   7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting

   Smart Family’s premium tool upgrade allows parents to set a cutoff time for Wi-Fi

About Stephen Balkam

Balkam has served on the safety and advisory boards for social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The organization he founded, FOSI, works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.  


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