As parents, we strive to keep our children safe. Whether it be home, school, or online, our kids’ safety is of utmost importance. It is no surprise how significant technology is in all our lives. And, as adults struggle to navigate the online world, imagine the challenges faced by our youth. They not only have to learn how to cope and grow in the “real” world, but are also faced with needing to learn how to handle life online (in one way or another). At Digital Link, we want to give parents the tools needed to help their kids and make safety something that is part of conversations and applied.
Let’s discuss a few tips to help keep your kids safe online.
Depending on the age of your child or children, the inherent dangers presented online may differ, as such it is important for a parent to learn about the risks involved. From messaging apps to online games, be aware of what your child is participating in online, and educate yourself on what that entails, and the risks involved. Since children are less likely to understand these, it is important to do your due diligence and educate yourself to what they are doing online.
Don’t bury your head in the sand and assume your child will follow the rules and understand the risks of being online. Check in regularly with your child and ask plenty of questions. The more you engage and listen to what they are doing, the more likely they will engage you in conversation. It’s also a good idea to check in every now and then and go through what they are doing online together. While it is important to respect their privacy, especially as they get older, keeping your child safe is the main goal.
Watch for changes
Has your child become moodier? Are they sleeping less, or more? Do they seem more anxious, or depressed? In an article by Child Mind Institute, they note: “Research shows that 60 percent of adolescents are looking at their phones in the last hour before sleep, and that they get on average an hour less sleep than their peers who don’t use their phones before bed.” If you notice changes in your child’s behaviour, ask questions and reconsider how they are spending their time online. If needed, seek the help of professionals.
There are many resources available to parents and kids to help navigate the many topics related to online safety. We encourage you to check these out or reach out to us if you have specific questions or need help discussing these topics with your children.
If you are interested in having our team visit your school, club, sports team, or any other group, please get in touch. We would love the opportunity to provide the necessary tools and skills to keep your children safe online. Stay tuned to our social media platforms this month as we have an exciting giveaway that you won’t want to miss!