Helping your Child Become a Good Digital Citizen

June 29, 2017

Who ever said parenting was easy? And with today's digital dynamos, our kids often know more than we do about the latest apps, games and technology. Our challenge as parents these days is to help our kids find the right balance between online and offline time, and to guide them on what it means to be a good digital citizen.

Here are some tips to engage your children in the different aspects of good digital citizenship; respecting people's feelings, privacy and property, as well as phrases you can use to help lead the conversation.

Respect people's feelings…

Being behind a screen can give children the feeling of anonymity; making them more likely to say or do things they normally wouldn't. It can be difficult for a child to imagine the consequences of their words online when they can't physically see how it affects others. It can also be overwhelming for a child to know how to handle cyberbullying. Overall, the best way to deal with cyberbullying is to prepare your child before it happens.

What you can do:

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Respect Privacy…

Trying to keep a child's information as private as possible is a common concern for parents. This can feel impossible with all the different social media channels, games and apps out these days. However, there are ways parents can stay on top of what their kids are doing online and keep their private information as secure as possible.

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Respect Property…

The online world can make things confusing for children when it comes to ownership and property. It can be difficult for a child to understand that downloading content illegally or plagiarizing someone else's work is stealing. Some children don't even realize they're doing it! Speaking to them about this can help make it easier for them to recognize the signs of illegitimate content online or work that has been plagiarized.

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For more information on how to talk to your child about their digital citizenship, check out our Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents!


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