December is the time of year when children and teenagers will include smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops, TVs, gaming consoles and computer games on their Christmas list.
It’s also the time of year when young people spend additional time online. And while technology, digital and social media use can bestow us with remarkable benefits, it can also have negative effects on our health and well-being.
For school-age children in particular, technology and digital media use can be a double-edged sword. In the age of digital parenting, children are exposed to many online risks. There are, however, some practical steps parents can take to protect children from possible dangers they may face in cyberspace over the festive season.
If your child has asked for a mobile phone, it may be an idea to devise a phone contract with them prior to the phone being unwrapped on Christmas morning. Discuss both your expectations and your child’s – a worthwhile first step is to have a conversation about boundaries and create a written phone agreement.
For the younger child in particular, discuss why it’s important for you to have the passwords and include this in the contract.
Check the parental controls on the phone itself. On iPhones, go to settings. Under the content and privacy restrictions in screen…
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