With a new a school year fast approaching, we need to jump back on the saddle, reestablish routines, think about parent-teacher conferences and after-school activities. A new school year also means opening up the lines of communication by talking to our children about digital etiquette and their virtual safety.Children are growing up in a 24/7 digitally connected world. Where what they do in school now follows them home and reaches them through their computers, tablets or smartphones.
As parents, we need to play an important role in educating them about online safety and the rules involved in utilizing the web. Rules like if a photo or comment cannot be shared with a parent, then it probably is not appropriate to post on the web, let alone have it exist at all.
We need to teach our children the power of words, the Internet’s anonymity and the consequences to their virtual actions. With technology deeply-rooted in our lives, we can no longer afford to ignore the potential dangers that lurk in the cyber world.
Below are six important, time-sensitive topics every parent should discuss with their children.