Resource Guide

Good Digital Parenting Resources

The Family Online Safety Institute's Good Digital Parenting resources provide parents and caregivers with the tools they need to confidently navigate the online world with their families.

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The 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting provides parents with seven simple yet challenging ways to become a good digital role model. Each step provides three pieces of advice that parents can use to introduce online safety to their family.

Children under the age of 13 can enjoy the benefits of the online world with strategic guidance from their parents or caregivers. This customizable resource brings parents and children together for a collaborative conversation about household tech rules.

Teenagers can have a positive relationship with their personal devices and technology, and thrive online in responsible and safe ways. With this customizable resource, parents and their teens can come together for a collaborative conversation regarding the best rules that fit their household.

It is important to have check-ins with your child about their social media use but it can be hard knowing where to start. The Digital Reputation Checklist provides six steps for guiding your child to a healthier digital reputation.

Online safety is not a one-time conversation. If you need help knowing when to talk to your kids about being online, use these Three Teachable Moments when giving your child their first device or phone, or at their thirteenth birthday.

Your teen will reach milestones throughout their life such as turning thirteen, passing their driver's test, and graduating from high school. Pair those moments with a technology chat and re-solidify your family's online safety plan.

Don’t just give your child access to a new device without establishing some rules. The next time a new tablet, phone, video game console, laptop, smart speaker, smart watch, or fitness tracker enters your home, complete the customizable safety suggestions on the Safety Cards.

Recognizing the need for a family online safety plan is an important first point in becoming a Good Digital Parent. But, some parents may find it difficult to start that conversation. Talking With Your Kids About Online Safety will provide parents with food for thought before they sit down with their children and actually craft a family technology plan.

Cyberbullying is a sensitive matter and difficult to understand for all parties involved. Understanding Cyberbullying guides parents through the steps in recognizing it as well as suggests actions to combat cyberbullying.

“How much screen time is appropriate for my children?” is a popular question these days, but has many different answers. The best fit for your family depends on the ages and needs of the children in your household. Managing Screen Time provides suggestions on how to accomplish a screen time balance.

Children can play video games at home or on the go, which makes it difficult to manage their favorite hobby. Unlocking Video Games provides parents with the tools needed to learn more about gaming and understand why their children love playing games.

The most popular form of social media for teenagers might surprise you. Use that knowledge to encourage your child to use the Golden Rule while online, and to explore the online world thoughtfully and consciously.

Whether we’re reading comments on a post, content reviews, or news articles, critical thinking skills are crucial online in an era where fake news, misinformation, and false narratives can appear right alongside factual information. Use our Media Literacy checklist to help verify what is real, and what is not - no matter what form or medium.

In today’s connected world, it’s critical that young users understand how to think critically about what they see online. To help you get started, we’ve designed these flashcards covering the key principles of safety and literacy. Each card provides a simple definition and conversation starter question to help your child begin to learn and talk about media literacy.