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Being a Digital Age Parent
No different to being a parent any other day of the week. The Digital age requires training and learning just as toddlers have to be taught how to cross the road.
Show them how.
Kids love technology, why wouldn’t they? They will most likely learn everything faster than you learn from them and about them. Talk about what they see and enjoy the experience together.
Watch over them but don’t spy.
Once you show them and discuss the rules, let them get on with it. Kids hate being watched. SAFE does not allow you to spy on them either.
Always stay in touch, the internet and its surprises are not going away. If you are open and active your children will share their experience good and bad with you. Which is great.
Set the boundaries & keep to them.
Please keep talking to your kids, explain it carefully and clearly. You can’t be there all the time, help them to make the right decisions while you are not there. SAFE will help you.
Make Rules visible.
Children are more likely to follow rules right in front of them and clearly explained. Write them down.
Yellow Card, Red Card
A yellow card offense means one more chance for one day suspension. Red card is a one or two day suspension. No internet, no devices, no phones. Amend and change to suit circumstance.
It’s not too late
Being a parent isn’t easy but you need to stick with it. Guide your children and agree opun some rules for their digital health.
Give them the Tools.
Keep them safe. Show them how to enjoy, be creative, social, explore the world and the web.
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