Happy Safer Internet Day! Here are our tips for parents, guardians and educators for how to help keep your kids safe online:
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Do it often by taking a daily interest in their online world and start as soon as they have a device in their hands. You can have open and honest conversations with your kids, whatever age, about what they’re doing online. Ask – who they are interacting with, what challenges they may be having and what relationships do they have?
Keeping up with the evolution of technology can be challenging!! Remember, keeping your kids safe online is to teach them how to stay safe in general. Let your kids teach you about the new apps they are using or games they are playing. This empowers them by showing them that they can teach YOU something and they will love that you are taking an interest in their tech interests. Stay current by developing a list of trusted websites on online security and check them often for the latest information on keeping kids safe online.
Digital citizenship is how we live online – who we choose to interact with, the activities we choose to engage in and how we choose to portray ourselves to the online world. These decisions offer infinite benefits but also potentially severe consequences if done without proper safeguards and understanding.
Have them Google themselves to see what their digital footprint looks like and then talk about the online image they are portraying to the world. What are they proud of,hat could be improved, and is there anything there that they are not proud of?
Talk to your kids about values and then translate those into appropriate behaviours on the internet. These are lessons your kids will learn to live by and will carry with them throughout their lives.
Examples provided by our friends at Media Smarts include:
Challenge them to think critically about all content they are consuming online and let them have more autonomy and freedom online as they demonstrate good decision making.
Become and advocate for digital content to be included in your school’s curriculum.
You can also find an Actua network member in your area to enroll kids in STEM programs that will give them hands-on experience related to cyber safety.