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5 screen safety rules every parent should teach their kids

Updated On Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

As a parent, it's essential to teach your child how to navigate the online world safely. Here are five screen safety rules that every parent should teach their kids to ensure their online experiences are both enjoyable and secure. 

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Screen time is a part of everyday life for most kids today, from online homework to chatting with friends or playing games. However, while the digital world can offer many benefits, it also presents risks. As a parent, it's essential to teach your child how to navigate the online world safely. Jess VanderWier, registered psychotherapist and parenting expert, suggested five screen safety rules for kids in her recent Instagram post. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Screen time is a part of everyday life for most kids today, from online homework to chatting with friends or playing games. However, while the digital world can offer many benefits, it also presents risks. As a parent, it's essential to teach your child how to navigate the online world safely. Jess VanderWier, registered psychotherapist and parenting expert, suggested five screen safety rules for kids in her recent Instagram post. (Shutterstock)

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Technology is not used without supervision: Make sure to supervise your children when they use technology to ensure their safety. For example, you could allow them to play games on a tablet, but only in designated areas like the living room or the kitchen where you can keep an eye on them.(Kampus Production) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Technology is not used without supervision: Make sure to supervise your children when they use technology to ensure their safety. For example, you could allow them to play games on a tablet, but only in designated areas like the living room or the kitchen where you can keep an eye on them.(Kampus Production)

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Little kids can't chat online: Ensure your child's safety by closely monitoring their online activity and preventing them from chatting with strangers. For younger children, it's best to limit their online interactions altogether. Instead, you could suggest that they call a friend on the phone or arrange a playdate in person.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Little kids can't chat online: Ensure your child's safety by closely monitoring their online activity and preventing them from chatting with strangers. For younger children, it's best to limit their online interactions altogether. Instead, you could suggest that they call a friend on the phone or arrange a playdate in person.(Pexels)

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Teach them responsible online behaviour: It's important to educate them on safe and unsafe online practices, so they can better recognize potential risks and take steps to protect themselves. It's important for children to understand that they can always come to a trusted adult if they encounter anything online that makes them feel uncomfortable. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Teach them responsible online behaviour: It's important to educate them on safe and unsafe online practices, so they can better recognize potential risks and take steps to protect themselves. It's important for children to understand that they can always come to a trusted adult if they encounter anything online that makes them feel uncomfortable. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Boundaries: It's crucial to teach children about boundaries and how to recognize when someone crosses them. By helping them understand that it's not okay for someone to take their picture without permission, you're setting the foundation for them to recognize other types of boundary violations and speak up when they feel uncomfortable. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Boundaries: It's crucial to teach children about boundaries and how to recognize when someone crosses them. By helping them understand that it's not okay for someone to take their picture without permission, you're setting the foundation for them to recognize other types of boundary violations and speak up when they feel uncomfortable. (Unsplash)

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Age-appropriate content: Ensure that your children only access appropriate content by pre-screening the media they watch online. For example, instead of allowing them to browse freely on YouTube, you could create a playlist of pre-approved movies or videos for them to choose from.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 05:48 PM IST

Age-appropriate content: Ensure that your children only access appropriate content by pre-screening the media they watch online. For example, instead of allowing them to browse freely on YouTube, you could create a playlist of pre-approved movies or videos for them to choose from.(Pixabay)

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