Reserving your child’s domain name couldn’t be easier.
It can protect them in years ahead, as they navigate the murky cyberspace of their tween and teen years.
- Find a domain registrar you trust. We like GoDaddy. But there’s NameCheap and Name.com or domainmonster, to name a few.
- Most registrars will ask if you’re interested in several add-ons. They’re not necessary if you’re simply reserving the name for future.
- Canadian? I’d recommend .com and .ca. They’re the most commonly searched, but the value is really in the .com’s. Some registrars offer a discount for multi-name buys.
- Purchase before middle school: To protect our children against potential peer bullying, we opted to reserve their names when they were about 11-years-old. This is generally the age they’re regularly using internet and it pre-dates middle school and high school, where tech-savvy kids have the means and know-how to effectively manipulate an online identity.
- Leave the domain blank. Don’t use your child’s name to post pictures and personal information. It’s potentially harmful and can open children to online predators. Keep it private = Keep it safe.
This advice comes from me, a tech-savvy mom interested in protecting her kids online and sharing advice with parents, to help us all stay one step ahead. Take the advice or leave it. But stay safe!