Children digital education: When and where to start

Children digital education: When and where to start

Digital education is something that parents must teach their children. With kids growing with technology surrounding them everywhere, they would rather play a video game than go out on their bicycles or talk to their friends via various chat apps than talk face to face. Parents need to be digitally inclined themselves to keep up with their kids. How old should a child be before their parents start teaching them to digital education?

When to start digital education for kids

As early as children express the desire to use the Internet, parents should explain the rules on how to use the Internet. The issue we will like to point out is that no responsible adult, parent or guardian will just leave a child to cross a street for the first time without properly educating the child. However, why is it that when it comes to the use of the Internet, parents think it is all okay for these kids to be online all by themselves without guidance?

Parents hand over smartphones or tablets to their children hoping these kids will figure out how to use the smartphones themselves. Would it be a wonder when these children get into trouble online?

With the threat of cyberbullying, inappropriate web content, sexting, online identity thefts, kids are in danger every time they go online. In this digital era, most parents have left the education of their children only to teachers in the classrooms. The best teachers kids can have are their parents.

Here are some ground rules that will work for parents:

When giving a smartphone, tablet or computer to a child, parents should set times to which these devices can be used. If it is a computer, it should be placed at a center position where parents can have an overview of the kid’s activities.

  • Parents should review safety and privacy regulations of websites frequently visited by their kids with them.
  • Also, when it comes to smartphones and tablets, the parent should approve every app downloaded regarding age, content and the privacy policies of these apps.
  • Kids should be good digital citizens. What they would not do in real life, like talk or accept things from strangers should be the same attitude online.
  • Kids should be made aware that not everybody online is whom they claim to be. It should be explained to them that there are some bad people online like predators, cyber criminals who are capable of causing harm to them.
  • Parents should educate their kids not to share private information like their home address, name, and family details online.
  • Parental control apps like mSpy can be used to have an overview of kids’ online activities by parents. mSpy has over 25 features parents can benefit from to monitor their children effectively.

Online education must start at the early stages of the kid’s life. Children now live in a world where the Internet is not an optional tool but a necessity. It is now part of their lives. Hence they must be educated from the word go.

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