This post is sponsored by Aura
I was searching for my daughter, calling her name as it echoed through the halls of our home. A gentle knock on her door, and I quickly had my answer. My daughter was tucked in the corner of her closet, her face illuminated by the light of her tablet.
“It’s time to get off your iPad,” I said, my voice growing impatient as she groaned and huffed at my request.
Welcome to the digital age, where teens and tweens, even my preschooler, are obsessed with electronics. Just the mention of TikTok or YouTube has my daughter twitching, ready to get her hands on her tablet. Ask her to get off Roblox? That’s guaranteed to get an eye roll, maybe even a tantrum!
As the parent of a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old, I find myself outdated and uneducated when it comes to this digital generation. For those of us who are Gen X or elder Millennials, this is a whole new ball game. We grew up in a time where green screen computers were slowly becoming mainstream, where our idea of a video game meant us dying of dysentery along the Oregon Trail.
Remember when our grandparents would tell us about walking miles to school, uphill in the snow? Just fast forward several decades and that’s me. I’m the mother of children who can’t believe I didn’t grow up with Google or a cell phone. I’m the one who watches my 4-year-old on her tablet, half shocked, half in awe that she can do more with electronics than I can.
And that’s why we turned to Aura for help. Aura offers identity theft protection, an all-in-one service that monitors your financial accounts, personal information, and all of your devices.
But what I like about it the most? Aura gives you not only protection, but also peace of mind as a parent.
Technology is ever changing, with new apps, and games, and social media at our fingertips 24/7. It’s hard to keep up, and to be honest, that scares me. It turns out, I’m not alone.
A recent poll conducted by Aura found 51% of moms with children under the age of 18 think about their kids’ online safety more than once a week.
That’s why Aura is a must-have in our home. The company offers digital safety for the entire family. With one simple app, Aura allows you to keep tabs on everyone’s digital safety.
Limit Screen Time: Aura gives you the ability to set time limits for not only a device as a whole, but also individual games or apps. If your kid isn’t listening? You can even turn off the internet on their device, all from the parental controls.
Content Filtering: Aura allows you to choose a filter level for each child or family member, then select the apps, websites and streaming services that need restrictions.
Safe Gaming: The Aura family plan includes tools that can monitor conversations in hundreds of PC games and then alert you if someone is harassing or targeting your child.
And that, right there, is one of my biggest fears. If you’re like me, chances are, you aren’t hovering over your child, watching every move on their video games. In our home, Roblox is the current obsession. On any given day, my daughter can be found playing the uber popular game online with her friends. But with many games, comes the chance of cyberbullying and/or inappropriate conversations with strangers. And with Roblox, there’s the opportunity for in-game purchases, meaning it’s not unheard of for kids to rack up hundreds of dollars in charges to your credit card. This game is so popular, even Aura has a free parents guide solely for Roblox!
With Aura’s parental controls, I am able to monitor in-game conversations on games like Roblox. It’s easy to install Aura’s “Safe Gaming” tool. It scans all gaming-related chatter and then sends you alerts if cyber bullying or online predators are detected.
While it’s important for parents to have open conversations with their children about internet safety, Aura gives you that extra layer of protection. As a busy parent, it’s a simple, easy way to protect my family. And as my children grow up in this digital age, I rest easy knowing Aura is looking out for them online.
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