Internet Safety with Da Vinci Kids and Azoomee: Talk about it
This is a golden rule in general, but particularly important when it comes to digital life. The experiences and interactions we have online and need to learn from can be quite nuanced, so it helps to talk about things consistently and often.
Most worries in life can be solved with a bit of reassurance and support from those around you. It’s no different when thinking about internet safety. Remember: If in doubt, talk it out!
Talk regularly with your kids about how they use technology. Listening to your kids will give you the best idea on how to support them.
- Start a Conversation Talk regularly with your kids about how they use technology. Listening to your kids will give you the best idea on how to support them. Acknowledge the different types of identities your kids may see online and use these to spark discussions around diversity and inclusivity.
- Get Involved Spend some time with your kids looking at, or interacting with, the things they do online. Talk about both the positives and negatives of being online and empower your kids with safe choices they can choose, rather than overwhelming them with restrictions.
- Seek Help and Support Just as we tell young people to talk about what they are unsure of, make sure you do too! You don’t need to know all the answers straight away but reassure your kids that you can figure it out together. You can also connect with other parents who are trying to make the internet work for their family too.
If young people feel that they are able to share their challenges and problems and things that are worrying them, then adults are in a position to be able to take an appropriate response to that.
It would help with bullying and grooming, online sexual harassment – these issues would be more quickly handled if young people felt confident and comfortable and secure to seek help from adults.
That support system would change things for the better. Even just to reassure, empathise and listen, then young people would feel so much better about being online, and they’d get so much more out of it.”
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