Parenting in the digital age is a challenge many of us will recognise.
Allowing our children to broaden their horizons through technology is tempered by our fears about what, and who they come into contact with. Social media is of particular concern for many of us.
Today is Safer Internet Day, and the theme this year is “Let’s create a better internet together”.
There are a range of activities planned around the world and a variety of resources available. The idea behind this initiative is to educate and empower our children on the benefits and pitfalls of the internet and social media.
This video has some great ideas about working with your child to set boundaries and guidelines for internet use, as well as some interesting facts and figures about how our children use the internet.
Some key things to think about:
– Become aware of the social media platforms available to your child. There may be some you are unfamiliar with. You can find some handy info sheets on each one here.
– Remind your children that what is posted online rarely, if ever, disappears, even when social media accounts are set to private. Screen shots on phones can spread posts and images far and wide. There is a great information sheet on online reputation here.
– Take care to make your child aware about their personal safety and ensure they know that it is never a good idea to give out personal information online.