Tim Keller took us through the dynamic growth in the internet, its impact on society, developing digital citizenship and how to manage the internet within the home environment. Having highlighted the dangers your children may face, Tim outlined the strategies to parent effectively in this digital age.
Facebook: You need to be 13 years old to be on Facebook. If your child is old enough to be on Facebook insist that you are invited as a friend. They must only ‘friend’ people that they know personally. Ensure that the privacy settings are set to friends only. Make them aware of the dangers of posting dubious photos. Remember www = whole world watching. Check out this social media site as a safe, kid friendly alternative: www.whatswhat.me
Cell Phones: Having a cell phone is an effective way for your child to keep in contact with you but you need to enforce usage boundaries. Cell phones should be handed in to you before your child goes to bed. Mobiflock is a fantastic service that blocks certain websites and allows you to monitor your child’s cellphone usage: www.mobiflock.com
Computers: The computer should be in a central place at home, not in your child’s bedroom. The computer should be locked with a password. The parent would need to allow access. Be curious when they are on the computer. Kidzui can be used as a safe browser for your children: www.kidzui.com
Sleep Overs and Play Dates: Check to see what safety strategies are in place at friend’s houses. This is often where children are exposed to the things you most fear..
Talk to your children about Social Media. Celebrate this fast growing Digital Age and the freedom it gives us but do not shy away from sharing the dangers that it can pose if precautions are not taken.
The evening was very informative. We appreciate Mr Keller coming in to talk to our parents.