The internet is filled with many positive resources that help educate and encourage children. Unfortunately, there are equally as many sites containing content detrimental to a child’s physical, mental, and emotional safety.
As your child is given access to the internet through phones, tablets, computers, televisions, and video games, it’s important to know the resources available to help you protect your child and provide safe content for them online.
There are several sites that can help your child stay safe while exploring the internet. Below are some of our favorites.
This site is a platform for young children to express their creativity and explore online learning. DIY.org provides resources and tips for parents as well as the ability to monitor the child’s activity on the site.
Out of Eden Learn
If you’re looking for something that focuses heavily on education, check out Out of Eden Learn. This is a free educational site that allows your child to be a part of monitored online learning groups. This site also offers learning journeys that allow your child to exhibit measurable results while keeping you involved and engaged in their activity.
As your child continues to age and mature, you will be faced with choices of other sites or games that they have access to. Commonsense Media is a great tool that you can use to see ratings on movies, shows, games, and even books. This will allow you to see what others are saying about a particular website or social media outlet and make a decision based on what you feel is appropriate for your child.
Other websites we recommend for the youngest internet surfers include ABCmouse.com, ReadingIQ, PBS Kids, Spatulatta, or Funbrain. These websites are fun, engaging, educational, and offer unique shows, games, and learning activities that give your child the chance to explore the internet in a fun, interactive, and safe way.
We know that this can be overwhelming. There are millions of websites, games, links, and apps that your child is presented with or could have access to. Valley Oaks is here to help and provide you with the extra support you need to navigate parenthood and the challenges that come with it.