Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Top 5 tips to keep up with your children on the internet

by helenonthesofa (follow)
Check out my Weekend Notes articles here: www.weekendnotes.com/profile/160877
Teens (22)      Internet (10)      Cyber Safety (10)      Online (8)      Cyber Bullying (2)     
I recently had the pleasure of talking to leading cyber safety expert, Robyn Rishani from Your Kids Online, about internet use and I asked her specifically about how parents can engage with their kids in respect of the internet. The internet, is after all, where a lot of kids spend a good proportion of their day, and so rather than skirt around the subject, I was keen to understand what parents can be doing to ensure they keen up with this thoroughly modern world.

Photo courtesy of Your Kids Online


Robyn had a number of tips that parents can undertake to know more about their kids interaction with the internet, and from this knowledge be able to greater protect them from online dangers.

1. Ask your child to show you how to use their phone. This has two benefits, in that firstly, you might learn a bit more about how to operate phones but also it also engages them in a conversation where you'll find out what they actually know. Kids are more likely to talk to you as a parent about their online world if you show some interest and ask for their help

2. Talk to your child about something you saw on the internet and ask them what they think. Choose something real and keep it topical, e.g I received a nasty email today about xxxx…what do you think I should do? What would you do if it happened to you? This simple conversation is based on role play and will help you arm your children with the appropriate type of recourse should certain things happen to them in the online world.

3. Ask your child/teen: “How does Ask.fm work, can you show me?” Open dialog and the opportunity for your kid to engage in conversation with you. If you show general interest, they'll be more eager to demonstrate to you what they know.

4. Ask your kids to help you open a Facebook / Instagram (or other social media) account. Ask for their help with things like the security settings. This helps you discover what they do and don’t know about online safety and will open up a discussion to explore the importance of privacy whilst working together. If they don't know much about security, and you don't either, get online and get the facts, or ask an expert. If you're kids are activity online, you need to be knowledgeable about what they are potentially exposed to.

5. Once a day, either at dinner time or family time, ask your teen what new thing they discovered on the internet today. If they say “nothing” then ask them if they’d like to browse Youtube with you or look at news stories, or perhaps you could help them do some research for their homework. Robyn advises that it may sound tedious, but engaging in their online world is important to their sense of family, safety and trust.

Robyn Rishani, creater of the Cyber Safety portal Your Kids Online and educator to kids (and their parents) all over Australia is running parent seminars currently in Perth. To find out more details about a seminar near you soon click here or email info@yourkidsonline.com.au.


#Internet
#Teens
#Cyber Safety
#Cyber Bullying
#Online
I like this Article - 4
[ print friendly ]
Share: email  facebook  twitter
More Articles by helenonthesofa
If you've got early risers in your household, this can play havoc with the sleep for the rest of the...
189 views
Generally I like to plan my meals, but every now and again I drop the ball and by the time the witch...
453 views
Dummies, pacifiers, binkies, soothers, comforters and do-do, all refer to the small, plastic teat sh...
321 views
If you're looking for a great first shoe for your little one, it's worth heading over to to check o...
691 views
The addition of a new baby in a family is an absolute blessing; a real time of joy
378 views
When they say breast is best, they don't tell you that for some babies, getting them to stay awake l...
708 views
view all articles by helenonthesofa
Articles by helenonthesofa on Other Hubs
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 11017
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
When the clocks change, or in summer months, it can be difficult if your baby wakes extra early ...
4598 views
If you're looking for cheap baby goods for your baby, here are some excellent stores you can go to t...
10451 views
One way of cutting the cost of having a baby is to get some of your baby items second hand
8561 views
Most preschoolers love telling jokes but don't always 'get' the punch line or might instead tell...
by Jane
2175 views
IPads are a great way to keep kids busy on long journeys or while waiting for appointments
by Jane
1654 views
I love crystals and have a few in my collection, so when junior got a Crystal Growing Kit for Christ...
1826 views
Going camping with a baby can be a daunting prospect
by Jane
1960 views
Let’s be honest; everything you could ever need to know can be found on the internet
2158 views
Your Guide to Cleaning and Decluttering Your Child's Bedroom While the innate tendency to be ti...
186 views
As the school holidays in Australia reach over the halfway point and the new school year beckons, pa...
261 views
Categories
Parenting (156)
Play (88)
Tips (47)
Eating (32)
Travel (27)
Safety (23)
Sleep (11)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version