Summer camp season is about to begin!
Question: does your kid love his/her technology? If so, then please keep reading!
In just a few short weeks, many kids will be exiting school and some will begin a summer that includes mission trips, work camps, NTS Camp (if you’ve not seen this one, you have to check it out!) or other overnight, away from home, mosquito-infested experience.
We want to make sure you and your kids are ready for these experiences. Don’t worry. It’s not tough. But starting conversations about expectations early and looking for more natural opportunities to have conversations is better than slamming everything in the night before (like how your son stuffs his backpack for the adventure).
Summer Camp Prep STEP ONE – understand the rules
Each organization has its own rules for how technology is to be used during the experience. NTS leaves it up to each youth pastor, recognizing that different churches approach technology differently.
As a parent, it’s your job to be on the same page so that there’s no confusion in the mind of your son or daughter. There should be alignment between home -> church -> camp, or if it’s a secular experience, alignment between home -> YMCA.
Then, once you understand the rules, communicate them very clearly to your son or daughter. Everyone at camp will appreciate hosting a group of kids who are clear on what’s expected of them.
Summer Camp Prep STEP TWO – review important topics
Depending on your kid, maybe this is an opportunity to re-discuss important topics or use this as a chance to talk to them about them for the first time.
For example, is your child crystal clear on what pornography is and simple steps to take if they’re exposed to it? Or, what if another kid at camp uses AirDrop to cyber flash your daughter? What are the rules for the phone’s camera while away? Can the phone go into the bathroom in whatever dorm or facility where they’re staying?
Summer Camp Prep STEP THREE – take a look at what’s on the phone
When was the last time you took an inventory of the apps in use on your kid’s phone? Now might be a good time. Maybe after this review you determine that having better control over the App Store or Google Play is a great idea while they’re away.
Maybe you decide that deleting just one social media platform would help him or her be more focused at camp.
Related post: How to Turn off the App Store and Google Play
Summer Camp Prep STEP FOUR – use parental controls
No matter what kind of device you might be sending with your son or daughter, we’ve probably spent some time looking at parental control options. Here are a few:
The Device section of Protect Young Eyes covers parental controls for most major, internet-ready devices.
Finally, we hope you have an amazing summer! Parents and other caring adults – we send a regular email newsletter with the latest tech trends. And unlike others out there, it’s free! Just text the word “protect” (no quotes) to 66866. Also, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just search “protect young eyes.”
Chris McKenna, Founder: A man with never ending energy when it comes to fighting for the safety and protection of children. Chris practices his internet safety tips on his four amazing children and is regularly featured on news, radio, and podcasts for his research. His 2019 US Senate Judiciary Committee testimony was the catalyst for draft legislation and on-going discussion that could radically change online child protection laws and earned PYE the NCOSE Dignity Defense Alert Award in 2020. The PYE team has performed over 1,300 presentations at schools, churches, and nonprofits and was featured in the Childhood 2.0 movie. When not leading PYE, Chris is the Digital Marketing Manager for Covenant Eyes. Other loves include running, spreadsheets, nature, and candy.