Are you concerned about the risks awaiting your kids online? If so, it’s best to talk to your children. Communicate your values and how they apply in an online context. Keep the lines of communication open at all times.
The internet offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages, including
Learn more about the Board’s Code of Digital Citizenship.
Read these helpful tips for any age!
Very young children (under age 8), should be supervised by a parent when using the computer. Parents may wish to choose the websites their kids have access to, if not, they could come across sites that could scare or confuse them. You may wish to restrict their access to sites that you have visited and know are appropriate.
Tweens (8-12 years)
For this age, it is necessary to exert as much control over their internet site selection, but you should be nearby. This age group can be independent but not alone. This is the age group that will start to explore the various websites so it is very important that you keep talking to your kids about what they see on the net. You may also wish to consider limits for how long they can be online.
Teenagers form their own values and are heavily influenced by their peer group. As teens mature physically, emotionally, and intellectually, they are eager to gain independence from their parents. Teens have access to the internet through computers at home; at their friends’ home; and on smart phones. It is important that you stress with your teenagers, that what goes onto the internet is more than likely going to stay there. Caution them against giving personal information or from sending messages, pictures or comments that they would not want read by everyone – including their parents.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are often how teens will socialize online. Kids share pictures, videos, songs, thoughts, plans, and details with friends and acquaintances alike. Kids need to be aware of the huge dangers of sharing too much information or posing picture, videos or words that can damage a reputation or hurt someone’s feelings. Real world judgement and common sense must be applied when communicating online.
A reminder: let your kids know that it is a good idea to post ONLY information that they are comfortable with others seeing!