Talk to Your Children About Online Safety | #FightBackin5
Today’s #FightBackin5 is going to leave you more equipped to talk to your children about online safety. The article on Mashable.com explains how different our children’s generation is from what most of us parents experienced as kids. Which one of you can remember being able to use a touchscreen before you could write, or joining a social network at 11 years old? While it makes sense that our generations are different, we need to be more informed about how to safely handle our kid’s ever-present access to the internet in their day to day lives. Because today’s kids have grown up online and are often hooked into multiple devices at once, it is important we arm them with the appropriate skills and awareness to handle the power and breadth of the internet.
One valuable point of this article is that, “If parents don’t teach online safety, their children might not recognize imprudent online actions or realize their consequences.” These four tips should help improve your success in having internet safety conversations with your children.
- Understand Internet Safety Before You Explain It: Hilary DeCesare, the CEO of tween social network Everloop stated, “It’s parents that aren’t keeping up… The real dilemma is, how do you teach kids about something that you’re uncomfortable with?“
- Teach, Don’t Rule: Jeff Godlis, Director of Communications for Internet Literacy at i-Safe said, “Teach someone and they’ll learn it and they’ll understand it. They are empowered to do the right thing.”
- Consider Age-Appropriate Social Networks: There are indeed age requirements for social media sites – but many kids bypass it. The Mashable article explains, “Parents would have a hard time barring social media sites entirely, but they can easily introduce age-appropriate social networks to their children instead of the grown up standards.”
- Monitor With Care: Be aware that while online safety filters and software are important and useful, Godlis warns that parents should not rely on them entirely. He urges parents to pay attention and don’t get a false sense of security.
Take a moment and read this online safety article to stay informed and become more prepared to talk to your kids about smart internet choices and safety precautions.