A recent article on the Daily Mirror website highlighted the difficulty of being a parent in the digital age. Written by Carolyn Bunting of Internet Matters, it highlighted several issues;
“With 90% of children under 10 going online, and 86% of children aged between seven and 11 using some form of online communication, the risk is there from an early age.”
“A recent study showed children use an average of four social networks and apps , 18% of children aged between 7 and 17 have given out personal information online and 6% of children have met up in real life with people they have met online.”
It goes on to say “Every click just cannot be supervised. That is why talking to your children about online dangers is the best way to keep them safe”
This has to be at the heart of how we engage with parents to help them support their children as the venture into the world of social media. Avoiding becoming wrapped up in the technology but focussing on the behaviours they exhibit when using internet based technology is an area that more parents feel comfortable addressing with their children. Encouraging parents to share their wisdom is a great place to start!