Technology is changing so fast we can barely keep up. Our kids know more about it than we do and as hard as we try to be educated it seems that our kids are always one step ahead.
What can we do as parents and teachers? I think it comes down to teaching responsibility and ethics, beginning at an early age.
We need to know what are children are up to on their devices. We need to set restrictions and time limits and talk about the reasons why we are doing it. We need to take the devices out of their rooms at bedtime.
My own children each have an ipod and access to my ipads. They do not have their own itunes account, nor do they know my password. The devices are set up to request a password for every purchase. They both have restrictions set when it comes to music and videos. They do not have any social media - nor do I think they need it. Now they are only 6 and 9. I am thinking ahead as to when is an appropriate age for such things, and I really don't have the answer to that.
As a grade one teacher I talk about responsibility and trust with our idevices all the time. In the wake of recent suicides across our country stemming from cyber bullying, I want to do more and I think as parents and educators we need to do more.
So I have begun with a little research into setting restrictions. Here is what I have discovered:
And I discovered a new website dedicated to helping someone who has been cyber bullied:
I think the most important piece to talking with our kids about what is appropriate to look and post online.