Key Aspects for Online Safety:
Be aware and know the risks and potential dangers;
Build resilience and confidence within young children;
Establish trust and communication with you child;
…in addition, parents should know that early exposure to technology does not make kids smarter, it often hinders their full development and may contribute to health issues and behavioral problems later in life.
Lastly, there is a strong link between caring offline parenting and online safety: The stronger the trust and the better an open communication between parents and children, the safer the child!
Social Media has Benefits...
Helps connect, communicate, learn, explore and find opportunities, knowledge, education, inspiration, entertainment, nurturing artistic expressions and developing global awareness;
...but also Risks & Dangers
Inappropriate content, unwanted contact and pictures, cyber-bullying, negative ideological influences, sexual exploitation and predators, sex trafficking etc.
Problems, Challenges & Possible Solutions
Parents often feel lost and helpless when it comes to dealing with the complexities of managing their children’s exposure to technology. Nothing about their own experience growing up has prepared them for navigating this unchartered territory.
Often, they know enough about technology to understand that there are risks and dangers, but not enough to know how to protect their children.