Here’s a quick guide for keeping up to date with the online activities of your child
- Consider how you lead your family in real life and how you can use the parenting skills that you already have (e.g., showing interest in their lives, and keeping them company) to guide them in digital.
- Explore the technology that interests your child. You can download their music and play the games that they love.
- Ask your family and friends how they manage their digital lives.
- Remind older siblings to be aware that some websites may not be appropriate for younger brothers or sisters.
- Make digital issues part your everyday conversation. You can use news stories and events that happened to you to bring up topics like cyberbullying, copyright infringement, and sexting.
- Don’t forget the online aspect of bullying, sex, relationships, and other topics.
- Ask your child if the problems they are facing online are different from those they face offline.
- Set boundaries and rules. Research shows that children respond well to rules and boundaries, even though they may complain.
- Talk to your child about how they can control their online reputation. Ask them questions before they share or post anything.