Good Digital Parenting
Blog | Dec. 29, 2014

Resolve to Be Cybercivil

Staff, The Family Online Safety Institute

Take the New Year to reflect on your online behavior and be a good digital role model for your child. Following are ten simple tech resolutions you can choose from to start 2015 on the right online track.  

Check Yourself

Take a few minutes to Google yourself online. Is what you find an accurate reflection of the person you are, or the person you want presented to the world? Take some time to pivot to the positive and Clean Up Your Digital Footprint. Share our guide with your kids and help them to present their best selves online.  

Keep it Classy

Remember, what you post online is there for the whole world to see. Be on your best behavior, the world (and your child) is watching!

Stay Positive

If you see something on your Facebook or Twitter feed that you disagree with, you don’t necessarily need to engage. Remember what your mom taught you, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything. Simply, remove the item from your feed and move on.

Take Arguments Offline

If you are angry or upset with someone, don’t use social media, text or email to communicate. This can easily escalate the conflict. Resolve to pick up the phone or discuss any disagreements face to face. Then teach your kids to do the same.

Stand Up to Cyberbullies

If you see someone behaving badly online, call him or her out. No one wants to feel ganged up on on social media. Try to shed light on the situation or simply post something positive about the person being bullied. Let them know they are not alone. Learn more about handling cyberbullies here.

When in Doubt, Don’t Share

If you are unsure, it is best not to post. If you have a photo of a friend or family member (yes, including your kids) that they might not want shared on social media, then it is best to ask their permission first. Additionally, if someone asks you kindly to remove a photo you’ve shared of him or her, it is best etiquette to comply. Anything that gives you pause, or that you feel may be embarrassing to someone is best kept private.

Do Good with Tech

Volunteer to help someone like an older relative learn to use technology to connect with family. Find a way to use technology to support your favorite charity or a cause you feel strongly about.

Learn Parental Controls

Did you get your kids new tech this holiday season? Take the time to learn about the parental controls and settings to keep your family as safe as possible when connecting online.

 Master a New App

Ask your friends, family or children what their favorite apps are and why. Then make a promise to yourself to learn to use at least one. It may just make your life a little easier. Peruse our App Tip Sheets for a review of 10 popular teen apps.

 Unplug

There’s a time and a place for everything. Resolve to put your phone down and disconnect in order to fully engage with the people closest to you.

Make 2015 your best year with tech. Happy New Year!

Cover image courtesy of Flickr