In an increasingly digital world, teaching children about proper use of the Internet and social media is important. Here are 3 more practical tips to ensure their safety.
Discuss the dangers
Make sure your children know and understand the risks of sharing digital content, especially if they are teenagers. As a starting point, read this OECD research paper: "Educating 21st Century Children: Emotional Well-being in the Digital Age", which devotes an entire chapter to protecting children on-line.
Beware of chat rooms and social media
If you want your children to have a healthy approach to social media, use it together. Chat rooms deserve special attention as they can easily become a vehicle for offensive and dangerous content or cyberbullying: talk about this with your children, reminding them that you don’t know who you’re talking to on-line.
Use parental controls
Operating systems can give parents control over their children's digital activities. You can set limits and controls on app usage according to their age. Here are some simple guides that can help you: