- Social Media
- Online predators
- Cyber bullying
- Internet addiction
- Inappropriate content
- Privacy online
- Monitoring activity
If you’re like most parents, these are the things you worry about when your children are online. You’ve probably heard awful stories of children who have been lured by online predators, who are often smart but vulnerable kids who have been convinced by even smarter adults to meet up in person, and then never been seen alive again.
Did you know that according to the stats, nearly 43% of children have fallen victim to cyber bullying, which is usually a lot worse than physical bullying in many ways. More than half of those victims don’t tell their parents what’s going on. If you have more than 1 child, that means the chances of your family being negatively affected by cyber bullying are extremely high.
Inappropriate Content Online
The average age for children to be exposed to porn for the first time is 11 years old…and most stumble across it by accident when they’re doing homework. That’s way too young for them to understand what they’re seeing, and they can go from being disgusted by it, to curious, to actively seeking it out, and even to perpetrating that same behaviour with other children.
As far as internet addiction goes, the stats vary but it seems to be about 4 in 10 children who spend far too much of their time online, to the extent that it interferes with their relationships, face-to-face social skills, school work, sleeping and most other aspects of their lives.
My name is Ruth Dearing. I’m a mother of two, #1 international best-selling author, public speaker, and your Peaceful Digital Parenting expert. It was internet addiction that first got me interested in the idea of helping parents like me and you keep their children safe online. When he was just 6 years old, my son got himself hooked on playing Pokemon games online (prior to Pokemon Go), and it took over his life. He lost interest in other things, Pokemon dominated his mind completely and it was very difficult to get him to turn off his games without tantrums and even violence.
Pretty soon he didn’t even need to be playing the games, he was constantly running through scenarios in his head, and it was really hard to get through to him and to communicate with him. If you’ve been there then I know you know exactly what I’m talking about…if not I hope you don’t go there!
The good news is that I eventually found a way to get through to my son and to minimise the effect of Pokemon on him, so that now he can enjoy his time online without being obsessed by it. Plus when it’s time to stop playing he turns off no problem, HUGE turnaround!
What I’m really proud of is that I helped him get over his Pokemon addiction WITHOUT using technology, and in a way that actually improved my relationship with him. And I love to share how I did that with other parents going through something like what we went through.
How I Can Help You Keep Your Children Safe Online
In the last few years since our internet addiction experience I’ve been researching every aspect of how to keep children safe and balanced online. I’ve been sorting through all the information online and collating the best bits from various cyber safety experts from around the world, so that now I’m in a position to deliver the best and most useful information in the least possible time to parents with kids aged around around 5-12.
The Peaceful Digital Parenting Solution
The result of that is a comprehensive online training program called the Peaceful Digital Parenting Solution. I don’t know of anything else like it being available, and I can guarantee that any parent who goes through this program will go from being fearful of what their children may see and/or do online, to having peace of mind when their children are online that comes from knowing that their children can navigate the online world safely. Imagine feeling completely relaxed when your children are online, how good would that feel?
You also get to connect and share stories with other like-minded parents in a non-threatening private environment, where everyone can benefit from everyone else’s experiences. It’s pretty cool.
My Reason For Sharing
I’m passionate about sharing this information because I’ve read too many stories of children going down the path of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and ultimately suicide because of things that have happened online. I can’t imagine anything worse than finding your son or daughter hanging in their bedroom, or lying lifeless on their bed with an empty packet of pills beside them.
What makes it even worse in my mind is that I honestly believe ALL the deaths and ruined lives that happen because of things that happen online can be avoided. I know how they can be avoided and so now I feel obligated to share what I know with as many parents as possible, to really make a difference.
Where To Find More Information
If you think you might be interested in finding out more about how you can keep your children safe online, the best thing to do is to register for my next online webinar. If you can’t make it live don’t worry, just register anyway and you can watch the replay. The webinar is free, and there’s no obligation on you to do anything other than benefit from the information and the tips shared.