“If you can mention it, you can manage it.”
Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, may not have had the internet in mind when he said those words. But the idea that conversation is where well-being begins … well, that couldn’t be more relevant to today’s digital families.
Cyber experts the world over agree: the absolute BEST way to keep your children safe and balanced online is by talking - and listening.
And what better day than today, Safer Internet Day, to get the conversation started?
Sound awkward? It doesn’t have to be - thanks to our friends at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. They’ve put together a set of simple but thoughtful questions to start you off in the right direction.
We encourage you to try them out, whether today on the way to school, at the dinner table tonight or in that magic hour before bedtime when all screens power down for the night.
But remember too that talking about online safety, about good digital citizenship, about wellbeing both on and offline, is not a one-and-done deal. Making a commitment to ongoing communication throughout the year ahead is the very best way you can observe Safer Internet Day - and create a home where digital children thrive.
CONVERSATION STARTERS FOR KIDS
Ask your child ...
CONVERSATION STARTERS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
For older children, here are questions you can both answer ...
For more resources - and evidence-based tips on responding - head to https://www.esafety.gov.au/safer-internet-day/families.
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