The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of.
Here are some simple ways to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
•Think about how you guide your family in the real world and use the parenting skills you already have, such as showing an interest in their lives and the company they keep, to do the same in the digital world.
•Try out the technologies your child enjoys. Download some of their music and have a go at games they like.
•Talk to friends and family about how they manage their children's digital lives.
•Remind older siblings that websites they use may not be suitable for younger brothers and sisters.
•Make digital issues part of everyday conversation. Use news stories or things that have happened to people you to know to raise subjects like cyberbullying, sexting and copyright infringement by downloading music or films you haven’t paid for.
•When you're talking about bullying, sex and relationships and other issues, don't forget to include the online aspects.
•Ask your child about whether the issues they face are different online and offline.
•Don't be afraid to set boundaries and rules. Children may complain but research shows they respond to this.
•Talk to your child about their controlling their online reputation by thinking before they post or share anything.
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