Parents often ask how to get started with online safety conversations at home and what rules they should establish for their families.
Today, Safer Internet Day is being celebrated in over 100 countries and on every continent. Given the recent political upheavals in the US and in Europe, this is a particularly good time to remind ourselves and our children about the need to practice good digital citizenship online. To be an upstander and not a bystander if you see bullying or harassing messages or videos. To report rather than spread abusive, inappropriate or illegal images. And, for us adults, to be good digital role models in spite of the way some of our political leaders behave online.
The younger we teach teens the importance of how and when to comment, the more likely we will live in a civil world – a world in which people will gain humanity and perspective as to how their thoughts and words can impact someone’s life.
Parents like me who had kids before Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and even Facebook were a thing, have been caught with our pants down, so to speak. We are digital parenting pioneers: navigating new apps, deciphering text speak, misusing emojis, and certainly embarrassing our kids as we muddle through a world that switched from analog to digital in the blink of an eye.
With all the different apps, games, and devices out there today, we know that raising a child is different--and sometimes harder--than when your parents did it. That is why GDP is here to offer tips, tools and advice to help you confidently navigate the online world with your kids.