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Kids & technology – advice for parents in a high-tech world
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10 mistakes parents make when teaching kids about Internet safety

Kids & technology – advice for parents in a high-tech world

Nowadays we stumble upon kids with smartphones, tablets and other devices everywhere we go. Sometimes it’s even hard to spot a child who is not using one on public transport or at school. While technology has definitely made our lives easier and more efficient in some ways, it’s also true to say that it has brought some issues in terms of social interaction.

Sometimes it’s very easy and tempting for parents to reach for the phone and/or tablet and allow their child to keep themselves occupied. Of course while at times devices can be a great parenting help, it is imporant for parents to know what kind of content their kids consume. Obviously with younger children, it is easier to moderate what they see, or the kind of apps they use but as kids grow, they get savvy very quickly so parents should make sure they take an interest in what their children are viewing online.

This infographic from Shop Twinkie is a useful guide on all things tech’ and kids. It highlights some interesting statistics about technology use amongst the younger population and it also gives some good tips on how parents should deal with the topic. Check it out below.

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Magdalena | Appetite For Education

 

 

10 mistakes parents make when teaching kids about Internet safety

As a digital parent, one of your top missions is probably helping your child avoid the threats of the Internet and become a proper digital citizen. 🙂 One of the ways to do that is having a proper conversation on how to avoid digital dangers. Before you do that, check out these 10 mistakes parents make when talking about Internet safety. 

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1. Not providing  with examples

Giving only cold facts and commands that have no application in the reality: that’s the first step to NOT conveying your message. By giving examples not only your child will remember the tips better, but they will also realize why they are so important.

2. Using over complicated tech words

The vocabulary you use should be adjusted to kid’s age, their knowledge about technology and the situation. Using complicated technical vocabulary will most likely confuse them.

3.Too much information at one time

It’s important to remember that you should not have only one talk, but several conversations with time. As your child grows up, they also gain new information about the technology. Which leads us to….

4. Making it one talk only

Technology changes all the time and so does your child’s online behavior and their interests. Therefore, you should not make it only one talk, but frequent chatts on a regular basis.

5. Not doing proper research before the conversation

The worst thing you can do is giving advice based on stereotypes and prejudices. Do the proper research first, get to know how certain platforms and programs work. One way is reading the tips on the platform you are interested in (Twitter, Instagram). Another is following sites that deal with the issue of children’s safety online like Common Sense Media.

6. Not exploring as a family

Spending time together online (and offline as well 🙂 ) has many benefits like getting to know each other more. Encourage your child to tell you what they like doing online. Also, make it a habit to explore Internet as a family. It will benefit each one of you and your kid won’t be the only one who will learn something new!

7. Not willing to learn more

Even if you think you’ve mastered everything about  technology, there is always some room for more knowledge. Technology keeps changing all the time, new software and programs appear every day, so learning about it is an ongoing process.

8. Not being a role model

Obviously, as an adult, you are allowed to do more online, but stick to general safety rules that apply to everyone using the Internet (for example the rule of not sharing personal information).

9. Forgetting the positive aspects of the Internet

If used correctly and responsibly, Internet can turn out to be a great educational and entertaining tool for children. If you worry about your child ending up in shady places, you can install some free Internet filters/parnetal controls like K9 Web Protection or Qustodio. Also, make a list of kids-friendly sites and frequently monitor their activities online. For a starter, check out this list of 30 fun and safe kids’ websites.

10. Setting wrong priorities

Think about the most important things you’re gonna talk about with your child. Don’t miss out on topics like cyberbullying, sharing personal information online, dealing with strangers or installing new software.

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Thanks for reading and see you soon!

 

Magdalena | Appetite For Education

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