As our children return to school many have earned the responsibility of having a smartphone.
How can we make sure that they are being smart and using it in the way that we intended?
Make sure that your child is truly mature enough to understand the
positives and negatives of having a smartphone. Many children are given
smartphones at such a young age that they (and their parents!) do not
understand the power of the tool that they have been given. When given
a smartphone, children have access to everything possible on the World
Wide Web. Talk to your children as to what your expectations are as to
their usage. Discuss with them about not giving out their address or
location and help them understand the power of posting pictures and
information on social media and the consequences of creating a digital
2. Create a Smartphone/ Media Use Contract
We love the Smartphone Family Use Contract that many families put in place as
guidelines for their children. Just as children need schedules, they
also need parameters. While there are many variations of contracts on the Internet,
Common Sense Media has one for multiple ages for you to go through with your child
or children and determine what best suits your family.
3. Educate Yourself
Take some time to educate yourself about what is
new in social media, check out your children’s Instagram/Facebook accounts as
well as who and what they are texting about. It is our responsibility
as parents to keep our children safe. We require them to wear bike
helmets, not take rides from strangers and look both ways before they
cross the street. The Internet is no different just because it is
cyberspace. It is not a place to let your child run free regardless of
what their friends are doing.
In our My Remarkable Self classes, we work with children through
various activities to explain how their actions, whether in the
classroom, on the playground or at home, will effect them and how these
actions and their choices, both positive and negative, lead to
consequences. It is no different in the digital world. The more we can
work with our children to try to help them understand consequences both
in the real world and the cyber world, hopefully they will begin to
—Mary & Claire
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