happylittlegems education fact of the day:
We need to teach our children digital resilience
There's all sorts of disturbing things on the internet, so it's important we build digital resilience in our children. Digital resilience is part of their personality that develops from spending time online and facing the challenges out there. It means your child recognises when they're at risk online, and that they know what to do. Unfortunately, we can't control everything children do online and at some point they are going to see or be party to things that they shouldn't - even if this is not until they are in their teen years. However, as parents we can start demonstrating good e-safety practices even when our children are very young.
happylittlegems top e-safety tips:
Teach your child from an early age that if there's anything they are unsure about online they need to tell an adult.
Set up parental controls on the apps they use.
Only let young children on screens downstairs in shared spaces so that you can keep checking what they are watching or playing.
Don't let young children have screens in their bedrooms.
Don't let young children on youtube unless you are watching everything they see, even the adverts can be inappropriate!
Set up some sort of parental control so that you can monitor what they are doing online, especially as they get older. Tell them you have set this up and explain why.
Don't let young children have their own phone - they just don't need one! Wait until they are at least at secondary school and there is more of a need for a mobile phone. Even then monitor what they are doing.
Don't let your child download new apps until you have checked them out. Some apps give away locations, allow them to upload photos etc. so make sure you know what your child is using.
For older children, don't let them have screens at bedtime. They need to leave their phones downstairs so that screen time does not affect their sleep.
For older children, tell them you can or will monitor their phone from time to time. Remember teenagers may seem very mature, but their brain is still developing and so it is very important we continue to guide them in life and in their virtual life as well.
Make sure they are playing games and watching things that are age-appropriate. I can not stress this enough! Check the rating and use your common sense, if you are unsure about something check it out yourself first or watch it with them so that you can explain/monitor parts.
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