Do you love podcasts as much as I do? I’ve been a major podcast consumer since 2004. Since then, I’ve subscribed to many podcasts about Internet security and safety. For the past couple years, I’ve found podcasts that help parents protect their kids online. I’ve also started my own podcast on the topic! I’d like to share with you a few podcasts that could help you.
You don’t need me to tell you that technology changes quickly. The Internet your kids use isn’t the one you used as a kid, assuming the Internet even existed when you were a kid!
Some parents pick up tips for protecting their kids online because they have careers in IT, education, government, or some other field related to online safety. But most parents’ jobs don’t have anything to do with Internet safety. If that’s true for you, you need to learn from others.
Internet safety is an area where what you don’t know can hurt you (or hurt your kids). In this case, ignorance is certainly not bliss.
How to Protect Your Kids
Fortunately, there are several podcasts that can give you the information and advice you need. They cover various aspects of Internet safety, so that you can protect your kids online, and teach them to defend themselves.
Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily endorse all the content of every podcast.
This podcast is from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The hosts use their online crime-fighting experience to educate parents.
Topics include potentially dangerous apps, online child exploitation, Internet safety laws, and cyberbullying.
Host Kim Komando covers a range of technology topics on her shows, but in this podcast she frequently discusses Internet safety for kids.
Topics include online child exploitation, cyberbullying, digital reputation, privacy, Internet security, scams, and screen time.
A tech and privacy adviser and an adolescent medical doctor use their professional expertise and parenting experience to discuss the challenges parents face in raising the next generation.
Topics include how kids use technology, setting rules, digital reputation, sexting, video games, social media, privacy, and screen time.
This podcast is from ConnectSafely, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.” They often interview experts in fields related to Internet safety.
Topics include cyberbullying, video games, the right ages for devices, screen time, social media, and inappropriate content.
This podcast describes itself as “helping parents keep their kids safe in a technology-driven world.”
Topics include communicating with kids, cyberbullying, privacy, screen time, and digital estate planning.
This podcast teaches parents how to help their kids establish a positive digital reputation. It also makes parents aware of the dangerous ways kids use various apps. The host, Josh Ochs, frequently speaks to students and parents. Some of the episodes are recordings of these talks.
The information is good, but much of it is repeated from episode to episode.
Topics include digital reputation, potentially dangerous apps, how kids use technology, setting rules, the right ages for devices, cyberbullying, communicating with kids, and parental controls.
Two moms share advice on There have only been a few episodes of this podcast, which describes itself as “helping parents keep their kids safe in a technology-driven world.”
Topics include inappropriate content, online child exploitation, and communicating with kids.
Does this one look familiar? I hope so, because it’s my podcast! In it I share Internet safety, security, and digital parenting tips. You’ll learn about protecting kids online (cybersafety), and general digital security and privacy (for adults as well as kids).
Topics include Internet filtering, parental controls, privacy, online child exploitation, cyberbullying, digital reputation, sexting, social media, and Internet security.
Are there other Internet safety podcasts that help you as a parent? Please share them in the comments!
What You Should Do
- Check out the podcasts listed above, and subscribe to those that most interest you.
- Use the information and advice you get from the podcasts to protect your kids online, and teach them to defend themselves.
- If there are other Internet safety podcasts you recommend for parents, share them in the comments!