Digital parenting tips for your kids: Don’t be a helicopter

Digital parenting tips for your kids: Don’t be a helicopter

We live in such a digital age, and that’s why it’s important to incorporate internet safety rules in your household. There are a few tips that can help guide your child to a healthier digital reputation thanks to FOSI, the Family Online Safety Institute. These are just a few ways to help you practice good digital parenting.

First and foremost, be sure to talk with your kids about their online presence. Talk early and often and be open and direct. It’s important to stay calm during these conversations, enabling you to truly educate yourself on these apps, games, and websites that your child is spending time on. Don’t be afraid to set parental controls such as time limits on your kids’ devices and monitor their screen time. Another important tip is to friend and follow them on social media, but don’t stalk them. Respect their online space and freedom, but don’t flood their accounts with comments.

Lastly, explore the internet and these apps alongside your kids, celebrate, and play with them. This will encourage your child to learn what are positive digital habits and negative habits. It will also get them excited to gain knowledge on how to collaborate and be kind online.

For more tips, you can visit www.fosi.org or the parenting center at chnola.org/the-parenting-center