Family Safety Guides

Here at Street Smart Kids we do our best to give you the resources and information you need as a parent to keep your children safe here, there and everywhere.

Our Family Safety Guides take your education one step further. Please browse this feature for step-by-step guides on how to keep your children safe on the internet, on social networking sites and in their gaming.

Our resident expert on family safety “how to’s” is Mary Kay Hoal:

Mary Kay Hoal is a married mother of five children (both biological and adopted) ranging in age from 6 to 19 years of age. She is an accomplished media professional who took it upon herself to leave a successful career and take action to make safety and privacy a key priority for children online. She founded her own company, Yoursphere Media Inc., and launched Yoursphere.com and YoursphereForParents.com.

Originally motivated by the concern that registered sex offenders plague social networks and have access to children, after immersing herself in numerous online communities, Mary Kay found that many sites didn’t abide by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), nor did they leverage all the wonderful benefits of the Internet and social media: the connectivity, the creativity, the education, the fun. Instead, she found that children were exposed to content, people, and a culture that was of deep concern and left little regard for a child’s safety, privacy and their well-being.

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Firefox Safety Controls

How to Turn On The Safety Controls In Firefox For Your Family Though nothing beats human oversight when it comes to monitoring your child’s Internet activity, it doesn’t hurt to get some help from security applications. Fortunately, there are some really great browser extensions and add-ons out there to aid you in your monitoring as …

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iPhone Parental Controls

Your Guide to the iPhone’s Parental Controls Keeping an eye on all of your child’s online activity is close to impossible these days, especially with the recent surge of 3G/4G capable mobile devices. Smart phones have landed in the hands of almost every tween and teen, and as a result, it has left parents with …

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Xbox Parental Controls

For those who have it, you know that the Xbox 360 can be a great media device in your home, especially if you have Xbox Live. Not only can your child play games (both downloadable and retail), but they can enjoy these games with people from around the world. You can also use the Xbox …

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Safety Guide Expert

Mary Kay Hoal is a married mother of five children (both biological and adopted) ranging in age from 6 to 19 years of age. She is an accomplished media professional who took it upon herself to leave a successful career and take action to make safety and privacy a key priority for children online. She …

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1 comment

  1. Andrea Clark

    This is brilliant advice on kids’ safety. As a Mum of four girls myself, I have recently created a website centred on child locators and safety, as my daughters are now at the age of venturing out on their own – and being a typical mother I am worried about them and want them to be safe. It is good to find a site like this dedicated to kids safety. Andrea

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