SEVEN TIPS TO HELP YOU
The following tips are designed to enhance your digital parenting knowledge and have been developed with parents in mind.
- Understand: Read about the potential online risks, challenges and sometimes illegal behaviour young people face to understand what may happen
- Learn: Ask your child about what they do, how they use devices and who they talk to learn about their activities. Check in regularly to see what has changed
- Explore: Take the time yourself to explore the sites, apps and technologies your child uses to improve your knowledge and understand their experience
- Agree: Create a family code with your child to agree on what they can do online including sites to visit, appropriate behaviours, privacy settings and limits
- Start: Recognise each child has unique needs, but some online safety concepts are universal. Start by teaching yours the Five tips to help your child thrive
- Model: Be a good example to your child. Make sure you role model the sort of behaviours you want to see your child use online and offline
- Plan: Make a plan so everybody knows what to do if something goes wrong and where you will be able to get advice and support in challenging times. https://www.netsafe.org.nz/online-safety-for-parents/
Key Websites for Parents
Network for Learning (N4L) has developed a safety filter to make the internet safer for all students learning from home that parents can set up on their children’s learning device to block the worst of the web.
Instructions on how to set up the N4L safety filter can be found at www.switchonsafety.co.nz