The parent’s “job” is known to be one of the most difficult. Because educating and being able to transmit values, knowledge and experiences is fundamental for the construction and growth of future generations but it is even more challenging in today’s world, which is ever faster and more connected.
The events of the last year, which also resulted in the rapid digitization of the country and in particular of the school – or rather of “teaching” – have helped to bring to light the debate on the use of technology and smartphones of the little ones. If, on the one hand, the pros can be many, it is certainly true that there are cons to take into consideration. And it is precisely here that the role of parents becomes very important. Through their “filter” it is possible to promote digital education that allows children and young people to be able to use these tools in a positive and constructive way in complete safety.
Guide for parents
This is why Wiko, the Franco-Chinese smartphone brand, together with Kaspersky, a leading cybersecurity company on the occasion of June 1st, World Parents’ Day, wanted to draw up a guide dedicated to them. A small, but concrete help to learn how to monitor the activities of their children, keep potential cyber risks under control, set “healthy” and fair limits, without absolutely demonizing technology and smartphones.
Therefore, whether it is for educational purposes or for pure entertainment and enrichment, the little ones must be guided and supervised because it is essential to learn to recognize the potential risks of the online world and the correct habits of a healthy digital life.
You can start with these 5 good rules from Wiko and Kaspersky:
1. Establish rules, motivating them
When buying a smartphone for your children or entrusting them with any mobile device, first of all, it is good to openly discuss with them what should be done and what not, depending on the age. As well as informing about the potential risks and problems related to excessive use. All this will allow to motivate and justify why it is necessary to set and respect limits on the time to spend online.
2. Become the “counselors” of their children
Participating actively and immediately in the online activities of the little ones will allow parents to be more easily perceived as trusted “advisers”. In doing so, children will also feel at ease in telling what happens while browsing or using a game, eliminating the risk of experiencing a dangerous or unpleasant experience in the bud.
3. Countering the culture of “sharing everything”
The very young are, due to inexperience, less inclined to recognize the dangers that lie in “sharing everything”. Precisely for this reason it is really important to be very explicit about the potential risks associated with the sharing of sensitive data, the position or giving consent on unreliable sites, even unintentionally. It is also essential to underline the importance of treating others as they themselves would like to be treated online as well. Proper digital education can also prevent cyberbullying behaviors!
4. “General wisdom and experience” versus “technological ability and digital natives”
While parents are much more knowledgeable about the pitfalls of the Internet, children (even the youngest) are likely to be much more comfortable with technology and using smartphones. Encouraging an exchange of information so that everyone can learn something from the other is a suggestion that always remains valid.
5. Adopt a parental control solution and create a family account
For further help it is advisable to install a security solution that is equipped with parental controls. It is very simple and easy to use and helps not only to set rules on smartphones and computers used by children, but also to protect against various security risks and cyber threats. In addition, by creating a Family account, parents will be able to monitor and manage their children’s activities directly, choosing content adapted to the interests of each family member, preventing or blocking access to inappropriate content and apps.
On the other hand, parents are not born, and there is always time to learn!
Source: RSS DiariodelWeb.it Innovazione by www.diariodelweb.it.
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