Spring Break Reminders for Busy Parents
Whether staying in town or headed on vacation, safeguard your family this Spring Break with these top tips!
1. Online Safety: Spring Break often means more screen time for kids as they take a break from school and homework to relax at home. Whether they’re watching TV, gaming on the computer or surfing the web, make sure your little ones are protected online and viewing content and visiting sites approved by you the parents. ControlwithCable is a great resource for parents to learn more about setting controls and managing what kids are finding online and on TV.
Cable providers have become pioneers in solving the challenge of keeping kids safe in a digital marketplace that has exploded with access to content via multiple channels, services and devices. Solutions for parents include television controls that can restrict content based on content rating, channel, or even specific programs or series; additionally, online controls are available to be used to restrict or monitor the sites children access, or to monitor the interactions with other online users. Learn more
2. Beach Safety: “Don’t forget the sunblock!” seems like an age-old adage, but it simply can’t be beat. Protect your family with broad spectrum sunscreen that shields against UVA and UVB rays, even on the cloudy days. Stock the car with extra - you never know when you’ll take a last-minute pool or beach trip. Also note lifeguard stations, rip tide warnings and other alert signs at the beach and make sure your kids see them too.
3. Travel Safety: Keep your family safe wherever your Spring Break travels take you by knowing danger and risk areas at your destination and sharing itineraries and contact info with family or friends back home. Practice safe driving too by switching off drivers on long trips and keeping a hard copy map in the car just in case phone service is inaccessible.
4. Home Safety: While kids have Spring Break off from school, many parents simply don’t have that option with work - it’s important to make sure your teens, especially, are safe and making good choices while they are left home alone. Set clear expectations for which friends may come over or which friends’ houses they may visit, check in regularly with a text or call, safeguard over the counter and prescription medicines, and put away alcohol.
5. Crowd Safety: Always have a plan for your family in crowded and large venues like amusement parks and shopping malls. Make sure your kids’ phones are charged and portable chargers are handy on your trip; and consider having kids wear ID bracelets in case they get separated from the group and an adult needs to help them find you. Additionally, make sure all family members and friends in your group know the itinerary, have a way to track the time and make a plan to reunite at specified location.
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The Cable Impacts Foundation is working hard to spread awareness and keep parents informed about these issues.
Visit ControlwithCable.org today to discover tools, tips and educational resources for both television and online parental controls. Go now! It’s too important to put it off another day.