Worried about your kids online? If yes, you’re not alone: studies show that millions of Aussie parents are concerned with their kids’ digital safety. To avoid further sleepless nights we gathered tips for you to prepare your kids for a safe online experience.
1. Have a conversation
This one’s often overlooked but is key. An engaging and kid-friendly tech talk is the most important step towards a safe digital experience. It’s likely to spark the kids’ interest and you can become a trusted source of advice for all things digital. To break the ice you could ask them about their favourite sites or what they like doing most and go from there.
2. Make learning fun
One of the best ways to ensure a positive internet experience is to be proactive. Teaching kids the basics of technology, the web and social media is essential. Exploring appropriate apps and sites together is a fun way to engage them actively in that process. Turn it into a fun learning experience by creating a bookmark list of cool and safe sites together for example.
3. Agreements, not rules
Another great way to encourage safe technology use is to write down all the rules in an open family agreement. Creating that document together with your kids without imposing strict rules on them, increases the likelihood that the kids will actually stick to it. This can also become a fun family bonding activity.
4. Talk about their digital footprint
When teaching kids about digital safety it’s important to take some time to chat about their digital footprint. Make sure they understand that every time they go online they leave a trail of information which can be tracked and associated with their identity. Define together what kind of information is appropriate to share and which one should better not go online. Let them know that sharing the wrong content can bring unintended consequences later on.
5. Be a role model
As shown in the famous Children See Children Do campaign, the best way to teach kids is to walk the talk. Not sticking to the family agreement yourself and always on the phone? It’s likely that your kids are going to think that it’s okay to do so and they’ll imitate your behaviour faster than you can think.
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