Happy Mother’s Day from the FTC

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flowersLast Mother’s Day, my kids “helped” serve me breakfast in bed. No sooner had the word “surprise” left their lips than they were scrambling onto the bed to see what they could eat. After all, moms are always going on about sharing, right?

Why not show off some of your own sharing skills this Mother’s Day when you talk to the kids in your life? Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online is a free guide from the FTC that has some important information and terrific tips to share with your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews.

You’ll find advice on talking to kids about their lives online — including socializing, making computer security a habit, recognizing and dealing with cyberbullying, being safe with mobile devices, and protecting their privacy.

There are lots of conversations to have when it comes to kids’ lives online, whether they’re just starting out on your smartphone or have devices of their own. But raising kids who can think critically and act in a way they can be proud of? Not a bad payoff. Half a messy breakfast on your blanket? Just gravy.

Happy Mother's Day, with love from ftc.gov.

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