Helping you child learn to use digital media correctly
Surfing the Internet becomes everyday reality for kids when they start school at the latest. Often the little ones are not aware of the risks and are very carefree about data and information. As parents you can influence the way your children handle apps, communities and chats in a safe way. These tips will help you to strengthen your child’s digital literacy in a playful way.
- Personal data is taboo: Give your little ones the opportunity to learn for themselves why the world wide web is no place for their sensitive data. Talk with them about data fraud, e.g. draw up a list of personal data that you consider a no-go. This way your child can always check what information they should or should not use or publish.
- Bad secrets: Be always open-minded about Internet issues. Your child should trust you when it comes to the Internet. Discuss with them what could be considered a bad secret, e.g. if he or she is asked in a chat not tell their parents about it or asked to post pictures. This way your child knows she can come to you when dangerous or weird situations come up.
- Create secure passwords playfully: Create secure access passwords together with your children and show them what you consider a secure password; together you can come up with complex combinations of numbers and upper/lower case characters.
- Assist in the log-on process: Should your child be interested in registering on a webpage, show interest and walk her through the registration process. Best would be to look over your kid’s shoulder while they create the profile. So you not only see what your child reveals online but you can also jump in immediately if something goes wrong.
- Check authorization: Is your child already an online expert? Have a glass of milk and some cookies, sit down with them and together check the settings for privacy and access authorization. If an app wants access to information you deem too personal or inappropriate, restrict authorization for access. Explain to your child that those free apps in particular are paid for with the users’ personal data. Encourage your child to figure out for herself why data is so valuable.
- Keeping track: Ask your children to estimate their own media consumption regularly. This helps you to see if your children are aware of their online time and keeps you informed too.
- Make agreements: Talk about media consumption in your family. How often can you go online? What does your child want to do online, what is it allowed to do? Come up with guidelines and agree on them.