In the aftermath of Charlottesville, my friend expressed concern about how to explain the events to her six-year-old daughter. She mentioned that she was relieved that at such a young age she isn’t online and seeing the hate-filled content that occupies some parts of the web. She asked me where she should begin the conversation.
I’m a strong believer that the things we teach children in school (in regards to online safety) should be replicated at home; after all, if we have different rules and education at home and at school then children may become confused and therefore the educational impact is negligible.
You don’t have to be a parenting expert to realize: Keeping kids safe on social media services like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram has become a top priority for today’s family.
Parents often ask how to get started with online safety conversations at home and what rules they should establish for their families.
For most parents, they are overwhelmed with all these new apps, livestreaming, sites and technology that seem to have no boundaries - and definitely never ending. It's time for parents to jump on board - there may never be a day you will master every app or how to Snap or Tweet or even Facebook Live, however you must be a parent that is interested in learning about all of it. Why? Because your kids are!
It is worth taking a step back and looking at the various forms of reality that are being artificially created and the implications that each of the approaches may have. And, as important, what impact these new devices and “realities” could have on how we (and our kids) interact with both the online world and the “real” world.
When kids aren't sure what plagiarism is, they're more likely to commit it unwittingly. Discussing proper research and citation with your kids is an easy 3-step process.