Aside from actual education and conversations with your kids, and having constant access to their devices, profiles and passwords (read my July column here:https://jrc-pa.pageflip.site/editions/CKJ62779#page/4 ) there probably isn't a better way of seeing what your kids are actually up to on the internet or how to keep them safe, but these things might be of some help...
According to PC Mag (and I really like their suggestions on many things computer/software related, this is their top 2018 recommendations.
Parenting.com has ideas for how you can spy on your child as well as some texting abbreviations you should know.
Want to know where you child is? This is an app my son's friend's mom uses. I found out one day, because I texted her that I was on my way to her house to drop him off after a sleepover and she said, I know! And I was surprised to see a picture of a map, where I was and a photo of her child on the map in a little circle. It was so cute!
Want to know how to find out if your kids are sexting and more on Snap Chat, try Money.
Books to discover:
Some more selections...scroll to the bottom for 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Digital Read for the tech savvy parent: Why Are You Always On the Phone? A book which is supposed to help us understand so that we can talk about it with our kids.
Sites to visit:
Common Sense Media is a great site for help, resources and research. (Scroll to the bottom too)
Smart Social teaches parents a lot about social media and cell phone practices.
HOW OLD KIDS ARE WHEN THEY GET THEIR FIRST PHONE AROUND THE WORLD?