Sep 18

5 Tips to Creating a Safe, Smart Kid in the Age of the Internet

Are you unsure how to make sure your child has a healthy and safe relationship with technology and the internet? Here's some good news: You don't have to be great with technology to make sure your child is safe online. Kids with families who use these tips have reduced unsafe behaviors online, such as accessing inappropriate websites and talking with strangers.

  1. Talk about media and technology often-Talk often to your child about creating strong passwords, social media, or anything else! Just make sure it's empowering rather than scary.
  2. Explore media together-Watch movies, download apps, share YouTube videos and music with each other. Staying engaged and showing interest builds comfort and trust with your child.
  3. Teach and learn new skills-Don't think you have to be extremely tech-savvy for this. Even just showing your kids you know how to make a Google search or how to use a mouse goes a long way. Or just ask your kid to teach you something. Children's librarians are also a great resource for you and your child to learn new skills together.
  4. Follow their interests-Does your child really like Minecraft? What about the latest music sensation? Or Star Wars? Whatever they love most, you can use those interests to create a positive relationship with the internet. Find cool Minecraft apps, music-making websites, or online creative writing activities that you can do together.
  5. Do your research-Don't worry, you don't have to be a scholar for this. Learn about content to share with your child by exploring online, asking a friend, or reading reviews. High-quality content makes a big difference in how your child will be safe and healthy online.

Read more here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/heres-the-secret-to-raising-a-safe-smart-kid

Learn more about safety with your child in the latest issue of The Great Body Shop!