HOW TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS IN THIS GENERATION
Below you can download our Safe Kids Handbook at no charge. Protecting our children in this generation can seem as challenging as keeping up with the latest technology. This handbook will help you narrow down the true dangers and form a plan that will fit your family. This handbook is for both those who need help if their child has been abused or to help make a plan for training your children so they know how to protect themselves, since you cannot be with them 24/7.
We also offer a Predator Proofing Your Children Seminar as a gift by Camp Alandale and led by Tarrah Pritchett. The objective of this seminar is to inform parents of the growing danger that sexual predators pose to their children. After working with abused children for over 30 years, Camp Alandale knows the destruction that sexual predators can have in a child's life. It is the desire of Camp Alandale to help prevent abuse by providing training to the community so that parents can be proactive in protecting their children. The purpose of Camp Alandale is to introduce abused children to the life changing and healing reality of Jesus Christ and equip them to have meaningful and productive lives. Because of our experience with abused children, it is the desire of Camp Alandale to help prevent abuse in any way possible. This seminar is best for groups that meet regularly like a Bible Study, instead of a separate seminar for people to come to.
We also offer a Predator Proofing Your Church or Ministry Seminar for youth workers. This is offered at no charge as a ministry of Camp Alandale.
Schedule a Predator Proofing Seminar
Download the Safe Kids Workbook
To Report Abuse
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local law enforcement
Child Protective Services (CPS) Numbers, Confidential, 24 hours:
Los Angeles County
RESOURCES AND LINKS FROM THE HANDBOOK
Report Convicted Sexual Predators
¾ To check for convicted sexual predators in your neighborhood check the US Department Of Justice site:
Report Cyber Predators
- Anyone who sends your child obscene content
- Anyone who is speaking to your child in a sexual manner
- Anyone who asks to meet your child in person
Call CyberTipline 800-843-5678 or go to www.cybertipline.com
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local law enforcement
Find Professional Help
Find a Christian Counselor
¾ To overcome pornography, sexual abuse recovery, sexual addictions, repairing family relationships, internet addiction, and more: Call Focus on the Family for referrals for counselors in your area 1-855-771-HELP (4357) or check www.focusonthefamily.com/counseling/find-a-counselor.aspx
Internet/Gaming/Technology Overuse and Addiction Resources
Internet Safety Parent Guides
(Not all content on the following sites are suitable for children. Some child and teen content may not embrace moral values. Please monitor site pages before sharing with your children.)
Health Issues Related to Technology
Parental Control Options
¾ Parental Control Software
- CyberSitter.com is award winning internet filter for Windows only.
¾ One for all: Software
- Netnany.com is recommended by Focus on the Family and Is highly recommended by experts for internet filtering (according to USA Today print version August 13, 2014). You can purchase licenses for all of your computers and devices. The disadvantages are that there are no categories for social networking sites or hate sites, it can get costly, and the Android and IOS apps are low rated as of the current update of this handbook. You can choose to only purchase PC licenses for Windows or Mac (recommended).
¾ One for all: Your home network
- www.OpenDNS.com/home-internet-security/perental-controls/ is recommended by the New York Times, PC World, Cafe Mom and is used by many US public schools. The advantages are it is customizable and Immediately takes effect on all on your home internet computers and devices using your home network, including those connected through wifi (Macs, PCs, IOS, Android, Xbox, Kindle, Nook, etc). The disadvantages are that the security level, or customizations you choose, will be the same for all users. You can block social networks for your child, but they will be blocked for yourself as well.
¾ One for all: Web subscription
¾ Pre-installed parental controls (no purchase or download needed)
If you own a Windows PC notebook or computer, and you or your spouse are familiar with the version you have on your PC (XP, Vista, windows 7, windows 8), then you can search Google or YouTube for how to set up parental controls for that version. The advantages are that you can set up an individual user account for each child, even on separate computers on your home network, with separate levels of internet parental controls and even limit online access to only during homework hours for a child user. The parents are a separate user and can have lower levels of restrictions (such as only blocking spam and explicit material). The disadvantages are that it will only effect the Windows computers and not other devices. Parents will need some computer knowledge to set up the administrator account where they will have control over all other accounts once they have set up them up. For best security, you will want to put thought and time into specific sites, programs and games you will chose for each child user, or which to block from their use.
Search Google or YouTube for how to set up parental controls on your Mac. The controls are similar to Windows and the pros and cons are comparable.
- IOS device
You can set up an IOS device so that you control the restrictions that will stay with the device no matter where your child may be connected. Search Google or YouTube for how to set up restrictions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (or go to support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304). You can set up a password for yourself and restrict the IOS device from having access to the camera, Facetime, purchasing apps, location services, using the internet, or you can set ratings for internet use, music, movies, games, etc. It does not seem able to block categories, such as all social networking sites, or all chat-rooms. It is recommended to also use a parental control app.
You can set up an Android device so that you control the restrictions that will stay with the device. Search Google or YouTube for how to set up restrictions on your specific device. The parental restrictions available will differ with individual devices, but should control access to the camera, Facetime, purchasing apps, location services, using the internet, music, movies, games, etc. It is recommended to also use a parental control app.
- BlackBerry, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, Etc.
Search how to enable parental controls for each of these devices.
¾ Website parental controls
- Search how to enable parental controls for each of these sites: Google SafeSearch, YouTube, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon instant video/music, Pandora, etc.
¾ Parental Control Apps
- Android (Google Play)
§ Ages 2-7: "Kid mode: free game + lock" (keeps kids in a safe little bubble by age),
- Chromebook (Crome Web Store)
¾ Mobile carrier parental controls - add to plan (monthly fee may apply. Does not work on all phones)
- At&T: Smart Controls
- T-Mobile: Privacy Resources
- Sprint: Safety, Security, And Controls
- Verizon: Safeguards
¾ Smart Phones for Kids - no contract
More Help & Info for Parental Controls
Organize Your Family Plan App
¾ collection for IOS and Android to help you organize your family priorities and get inspired ideas. See www.focusonthefamily.com/mobile.aspx