Parenting to Promote Cyber Safety: Top 5 Tips
- Alison Bellevue, Psy.D.
For parents and professionals, keeping up with the changing technologies used by our kids can be an overwhelming task. As a result, when it comes to monitoring children’s use of tech and social media, parents are often drawn to one of two equally unappealing strategies: conflict or avoidance.
This is why I’m so excited to bring back last year’s Free Community Night: Parenting to Promote Cyber Safety! This Thursday, May 3rd, I’ll be leading a workshop to help you understand some of the impacts technology can have on kids, how to promote safe online behavior, and, most importantly, share with you strategies to implement these guidelines while maintaining a good relationship with your child.
As an early preview of some of the tips and strategies I’ll be sharing, here are my “top five tips” for promoting cyber safety with your child:
- Set a time every night when electronics must be turned off and even “turned in.” Engaging with screens too close to bedtime can significantly interfere with a child’s sleep (adult’s sleep too!). Set an electronics curfew at least one hour before bedtime.
- “Friend” or “follow” your child on all of their social media platforms (i.e., snapchat, Instagram).
- Stay up-to-date on new social media platforms and trends. There are websites that help parents do this.
- Show interest in what your child is doing online. Ask them to teach you how to use different apps or play games.
- Talk to your kids. Yes, it is that simple. Talk to your kids about cyber safety-the younger they are the better.
I hope you’ll join me Thursday for more strategies as well as additional resources for keeping your child safe online. If you’re interested, be sure to register as space is limited.
Community Nights are free, open to the public and designed to offer resources and education on a variety of topics that are relevant to New York area individuals and families. Our staff-led workshops address common challenges related to school, development, stress management, relationships, and life transitions. Because the specific strategies and behaviorally-based interventions presented in each workshop may not be widely accessible to those who need them, we are pleased to be able to offer these resources free of charge to our community.
Interested? Register for any upcoming Community Nights workshop here.