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Today we found out that Disney Circle App is on Android (get Circle here) which reminded me that I wanted to share my online safety tips with you. Mickey and I have 3 ONLINE parenting safety rules we will not go back on… Our kids are young right now: 9, 7, 5 and 3. We put these rules into place now so our kids will not know any difference when they are a few years older. Our rules will be their norm. I was not paid by Circle or Disney to advertise this for you today, but I had to share it because we use it & love it.
So… like I said, today we found out that Disney Circle app is on Android – Yay for Android users (I actually am not an android user, but SO many of my friends are, so this is helpful). Circle Go is currently only available for iOS Devices. They will have Circle Go for Android in the late summer of 2016.
If you don’t know about Circle, watch this video (we have this & we LOVE it). You can grab it here with my affiliate link:
I do not want our kids to ever charge their phones in their rooms. I know that when our kids are tweens/teens, they will probably get texts from friends (it is starting already at age 9) and I know that the ones that I shouldn’t be seeing will happen late at night. I do use Circle to make it so that this can’t happen, but again, better to start this rule now. Phones, laptops and other electronics go into our room at bedtime and stay there all night.
3- Monitor what they do... Our kids know that I will pick up their iPods (soon to be iPhones in a few years) and check their texts, emails, etc… at any time. I will look through their pictures & videos. If I suspect that something has been deleted, they lose their phones or iPods. They know this and they understand that it will happen. If a friend sends something they shouldn’t they are to leave it, as well. I want to know if I need to have a talk with our children about something that they are reading and don’t understand (better to hear it from me than from a friend.)
In the long run, I’m trusting our children to make good choices, but I’m using Circle to make sure that the ads/apps & internet won’t send them things to temp their good choices or things that they shouldn’t be seeing.
I hope that was helpful!