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Raising Digitally responsible Children

Are our kids Digitally responsible ?

Its a Digital Era and whatsoever measure you may take you cannot keep children away from Online Social world. But are you raising Digitally responsible kids? #digital #digitalkids #parenting #parentingtips #mustread #onlineworld

We don’t have a choice on whether we do Social Media, the question is how well we do it.”

Erik Qualman

If your child has a smart phone or a social media account, if he/she uses an online platform for educational or non-educational purposes, then he/she is already a digital citizen. In this era where even schools have started to follow the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) rule, it is far-fetched to think that we can keep our kids away from the digital world. What gets guardians more concerned is the means by which they can make sure that their child is growing up as a digitally “responsible” citizen!

Tending to the 21st-century aptitude of digital responsibility is imperative to assist children with learning and communicating safely. Being a digital citizen means you know the ‘Netiquettes’ well, and it enables your child to have a more secure and more fulfilling experience on the web.

The Four Components Of Digital Responsibility

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Why Digital Responsibility Is The ‘Need Of The Hour’ ?

Some guardians feel monitoring their kids’ digital use is a better way of guaranteeing their online protection, than teaching them all about it. The discussion appears so cumbersome that they lean toward getting the job done than talking about it. But, here’s the truth.

Monitoring your kid’s gadget and network use is conceivable just up to a specific time. You can’t tail them after they move out or screen your kid’s content when he/she opposes it. But if you can help them to internalize the significance of being digitally mindful, it remains with them. Regardless of where you are or where your kid is, you can find a sense of contentment since you realize that your child knows how to be sheltered on the web. Parents, counselors, and mentors have the obligation of displaying the correct conduct to children so that they can acknowledge what is good and bad, and follow the ‘Netiquette’ constantly.

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Teaching Your Kids To Be Digitally Responsible

Well, for a start, urge your kids to go through the Terms and Policies of each website they are using. I am sure most of us have never read the Terms and Conditions before they click on the ‘I Agree’ button, we don’t care about the rules unless we have to. Building up the propensity for acquainting yourself with the guidelines for every site is a strong advance to become digitally responsible.

Here are some more tips on how you can raise a digitally dependable citizens at home.

1. Follow The ‘Do As I Do’ Mode

Children are great imitators. They do what they see, and they incorporate it substantially faster. Rather than flatly telling them what to do, try demonstrating to them the correct way. For instance, if you disapprove your children of having a social networking account before they are 18, ensure you are not scrolling through your Facebook wall before them. Go for a digital detox yourself and let your kids know why they shouldn’t get into social networking before they are adults.

2. Discuss The Protection Steps

Take aside some time every week, or at least once a month, where you communicate with your child about the online safety measures. Explain to them what is meant by digital responsibility and encourage them to ask questions. Show them basic things that are straightforward and less easy to follow, for example

  • Setting a strong password
  • Not sharing the password with anyone, not even with the closest of friends
  • They should not use abusive language or explicit photos on the web, and not tolerating any online harassments under any circumstances
  • Also, tell them not to share personal information like birth details, passport number, and bank details via the internet, unless it is an absolute necessity

In addition to discussing the online safety tricks with your child, you can also take some precautionary measures like –

  • Checking the location settings on your child’s mobile and disabling the location services when your child doesn’t need it
  • Regularly monitoring the privacy policies of your home network and your child’s gadgets, if that is possible
  • Enabling safe filter in your home network so that your child doesn’t have the access to explore illegal sites
  • Setting a cap on the monthly data usage so that your children have limited access to the internet. This might encourage them to use their gadgets more for work and studies, and less for entertainment.

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3. Set Online Screen Time For Your Family

Before you go into monitoring your kids’ digital use, try using the screen time method. Come up with some rules on screen time and make sure everyone in your family abides by it, including you.

For example, make a rule of not using the phone or computer when the family is having dinner together, or no daily status updates when you are out for a vacation. By teaching simple things like this, you can teach your child how to maintain the balance between his/her virtual world and the reality.

There is no way we can disengage ourselves from the digital world today, but by teaching our kids the value of real relationships and direct communication, we can help them in realizing their limitations online and offline.

4. Introduce The Golden Rules

Here are the Golden rules that you can teach your child in order to become a digitally responsible citizen (and make sure you follow them too)

  • Parents should use the internet as they expect their children to use it
  • No one should ever indulge or participate in cyberbullying
  • We should focus on the things that are under our control, for example – monitoring our children’s digital use, teaching them the pros and cons of using the internet, and regulate our own activities online
  • Kids must immediately inform their parents, teachers, or any elders if they sense anything uncomfortable happening to them online
  • If required, parents can rely on external parental monitor applications to make sure that their children are following the online safety rules

Digital responsibility has a lot more to it, this is only a hint of the greater challenge that we talked about here. The key to raising dependable kids lies in encouraging them to internalize values and rely more on direct communication. It is not tied in with disclosing to them why they should avoid the Internet, but more about demonstrating to them the right ways of using the Internet, with the hope that they can proudly call themselves ‘digitally responsible citizens’.

Thanking Emily Thompson who is a Cyber Safety Consultant at KidGuard for this informative post. She is just a neighborhood mom (and coincidentally a Cyber Safety Consultant) passionate about child and teen online safety. She is a firm believer of building a loving and trusting relationship between parent and child through open dialogue, education, and monitoring measures (when and if necessary).

How did you feel about this post? What all measures do you take to raise Digitally Responsible kids? Share your thoughts in comments section.

Love,

Jhilmil

41 comments
  1. Ruchi Verma

    You know …this is one of the best read of the day… perfectly mentioned all precautions we need to take with kids today

  2. Purva Bhatia

    You know this has been a cause of stress for me since the time ny baby was born. I wanted to keep her off screens completely but realized it was hard if not impossible. But I ensure I limit her time and try not to use phone in front of her. I like the other tips you’ve mentioned too. Loved reading this.

  3. Preeti Chauhan

    Truly said – children are great imitators so our online behaviour is what they will follow and we need to keep that in mind.Also enough transparency and comfort with the kids that they can report anything that bothers them online.

  4. Sajid Akhter

    Hi Jhilmil,

    Excellent post! In this age of electronic devices, it is important to teach our children the dos and don’ts and make them aware of things related to social media. Internet is an excellent medium to explore the world and learn new things however, it depends on individual to individual how they use it.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Have a good day. 🙂

  5. Sayeri

    Parents dont allow the child for mobile and internet. Its good but at the same time we should understand that we are stepping forwards to Digital India and its good if children know about the internet and all. As a parent, we will guide them, we will tell them whats good and whats bad. Everything has its good and bad part so we should use things properly. And yes we should use child safe guard too.

  6. Preety tiwari

    This is a must read for every parents… Today we all are living in digital Era where gadgets are an integral part of life, it’s very important to monitor our kids action and teach them how to use technology in right way…

  7. Pavneet

    This is a very useful article for every parent .
    As nowadays kids all are digital gadget Geek. These tips will help me for sure when my son grows.

  8. arv!

    I’m glad that you have chosen to write about this issue. With kids using social media and internet it is important to educate kids how to harness the power of information in a proper way.

  9. Mahak

    This is such an important topic. My son is still small but this generation will be online before they are even teenagers so I need to keep these tips in mind. Thanks for sharing such practical tips

  10. Shipra Trivedi

    This is such a need to the hour post. Being an IT professional, I know that in coming years, the exposure of digital world is going to multiply. All we can do is to regulate it for our kids and for ourselves as well. Great post, will share at my FB as well. #MyFriendAlexa #vibhuandme

  11. Akshata

    Handy tips for parents these days when technology has become such a vital part of life. I do believe that kids emulate what they see and hence parents have to set the right example first

  12. Jheelam

    The “Do as I do” rule is the hardest to implement, I think. I’ve seen chain-smoker fathers lamenting over it when their progenies start smoking once hitting 18. Super informative post. 🙂

  13. Alpana Deo

    Great pointers!!
    Not using the important dates as password is very important even for adults. And disabling the location is another area which should be taken care of. Above all, as you said follow what we preach. Kids these days are very smart and we cannot keep a close watch all the time. But making them aware about internet rulea and safety is something every parent should do.
    #MothersGurukulreads #MyFriendAlexa

  14. Maya Bhat

    Most relevant topic in today’s time. Gadgets have taken over a huge space in every household. You have discussed all the possible ways to keep the young ones safe from negativities of digital world.

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