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Screen Time: Advice for Parents

How much is too much?

Unfortunately – there is no magic number, children use their devices and computers for lots of different reasons – to learn, to play, and to socialise. The most important thing is to set clear rules on screen time and set a good example, if you are concerned your child is spending too much time online.

Helpful Pointers

  1. Agree a clear set of rules with your child on      screen time in the home. Talk      to your child on when you think it is appropriate and inappropriate to use      screens. Agree times when screens are allowed and not allowed in      the home. For example dinner time, homework time and bed time.
  2. Do as you say.      Modelling behaviour is THE most powerful way you can influence your      child’s behaviour.
  3. Restrict the use of computers/devices in the      bedroom. Depending on the      age of your child you may want to set a curfew or ban devices from the      bedroom completely.
  4. Buy an alarm clock for your child’s bedroom      and charge their phones in your room at night time. This can be a helpful way of giving them a      break from the internet.
  5. Try not to rely on screens too much to keep      the kids amused. It can be easy to      encourage kids to pick up the tablet or play a game on the computer to      keep them occupied. This only confuses rules on screen time, try and stick      to the agreed rules with your child and remember to set a good example.
  6. Chat to your child about what they do online and encourage them to use their screen time      for learning and education.
  7. Pick one evening a week where you do a      family activity together, whether it’s movie night, games night. Doing      activities together as a family will help implement screen time guidelines      and offer fun alternatives.
  8. Don’t have screens always on in the      background. Turn off TVs and      Computers when not in use, these can be distracting for kids if they are      trying to participate in another activity.
  9. Finally, join in, why      not set some time aside to play your child’s favourite computer game and      discover the online world together.

8 Back to School Social Media Tips for Teens

Has your child starting secondary school this year? A new school and a new school year is an exciting time for teens, making new friends and catching up with old ones on and off line.  Help get their first year off to a great start with these 8 social media tips.

  1. Always remember The Granny rule!      We all love sharing pictures and videos of ourselves online and with our      friends. But let’s think about it first… not sure if you should share      something online? Just ask yourself… would I want my Gran to see this      picture? Got it!
  2. It’s not a popularity contest. Making friends is      important, but only accept friend requests from people you know…      and maybe avoid adding/following teachers.
  3. Be Webwise! Check your privacy settings      on your social accounts. The whole world doesn’t need to see what you’re      up to… keep it for your friends!
  4. Don’t Feed the      Trolls!      Report/block/delete. Do not engage with trolls online. If you are      concerned about something you see online, talk to adult an adult or      teacher you trust. And remember liking, sharing an inappropriate post can      get you in as much trouble as the person who posted it originally.
  5. Keep it to yourself >>> Be      careful what kind of information you share online and who you      share it with. Never share your address, phone number, password (not even      with friends) or other personal information online or with someone you don’t      know.
  6. Be an      Upstander… not a Bystander! Cyberbullying is no joke, if you see something online that      involves cyberbullying… don’t be a bystander. Report it and tell an adult      or teacher you trust.
  7. Be Nice… Treat people online the way you      would like to be treated. Share the love!
  8. Finally… be      yourself! Social      networking sites and apps are great places to express yourself, use them      wisely and share what you love about the world!

Managing Your Online Reputation

Ensure your online experience is a positive one with these tips to managing your reputation online.

Check your settings

Some of the most popular social networks are set to public by default, meaning everyone can see our photos, what we are sharing or talking about. Regularly check your privacy settings across your social networks and apps. We recommend a ‘friends only’ option for your online profiles.

Search for yourself online

Do a quick search for yourself online, if you find something you don’t like report it with the website or network host requesting the content be removed.

Deactivate old accounts

Social media changes so quickly, it can be easy to forget about old accounts or networks we’ve signed up to. If you’re not using an account delete/deactivate it, this can help avoid risk of accounts/profiles being hacked.

Make the most of your time online

What we do online can follow us around, ensure you make a positive impact. Whether it’s starting a blog, raising awareness for something you care about or becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg… the possibilities are endless!

THINK before you post

Before you share, comment, like, post, Tweet or pin anything… ask yourself if this is something you want everyone to see? Use the THINK model if you’re unsure about posting something online >>> Ask yourself is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Illegal? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

December 2016


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