Navigating the Online World

Hi St Thomas Parents,

With Christmas just 9 days away and many kids about to receive their first device under the tree, it’s important to have a plan in place to keep them safe online. Here are 6 tips to help you to support your children in navigating the online world better:

  1. Talk as a family about what is ok and not ok to share online
    For example have a clear discussion around names, family photos, personal details and more so your child is clear about what not to post.
  2. Respect the age recommendations
    While it’s not illegal for a child to use social media under the age of 13yrs with their parents’ permission, they still need to remember to update their age on any site that has asked for it when they turn 13yrs. This way, the app will not think they are older.
  3. Put healthy boundaries in place
    Don’t ban them from their device if they forget to do a household chore or are naughty for something unrelated to their device. This is the quickest way to drive all the conversations that you want to be having underground. Instead, have a healthy boundary such all devices are banned from the bathroom or bedroom.
  4. Be a good role model
    Keep your screen time in check and set a good example for your children.
  5. Turn off location tracking in your device settings
  6. Set time limits

Be very clear about how long they can be online, or they can be watching all kinds of stuff for hours!

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Thanks and have a safe and happy Christmas!

From the St Thomas Staff