Digital Citizenship for Parents
We live in a rapidly changing media and tech-rich world in which kids are far more plugged in than their parents ever dreamed about. These technologies present huge opportunities for our kids, but also bring about challenges as they grow up. Parents wouldn't toss kids the car keys to learn to drive, but often give them access to the online world with very little guidance.
So what can parents do? (from StaySafeOnline.org)
1. Remain positively engaged: Pay attention to the online environments your children use. Surf the web with them. Appreciate their participation in their online community and react constructively when they encounter inappropriate material.
2. Support their good choices: Expand your children's online experince and autonomy when they make good decisions.
3. Help them be good digital citizens: Remind your children to be good "digital friends" by respecting personal information of friends and family and not sharing anything about others that is potentially embarrassing or hurtful.
4. Explain the implications: Help your children understand the public nature of the internet and its risks and benefits. Be sure they know that any digital information they share, such as emails, photos or videos, can easily be copied and pasted elsewhere is almost impossible to take back.
5. Keep your home computer in a central, open location.
6. Know the rules: No all online services are for kids. Even some of the most popular social networking services are meant only for people 13 and older.
7. Empower your children to handle issues: Your children may deal with situation like bullying, unwanted contact or hurtful comments online. Work with them on strategies for when problems arise, such as talking to a trusted adult, not retaliating, calmly talking with the person, blocking the person or filing a complaint. Agree on steps to take if the strategy fails.
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*Use these links to help you stay up to date on the apps your child is using:
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