6 Parenting Tips to Develop Healthy Digital Skills

Elena Haidukova on Mar 16, 2016

Parenting advice to develop healthy digital skills

Parenting control software and good parenting work together to develop healthy digital skills. Check out a list of 6 parenting tips and tricks that will help your child build a strong foundation for healthy digital habits.

Parenting Tip #1

Time gets away from all of us, especially children! Help your child manage the time they spend online by setting time limits. For example, if your child knows they can use the Internet for only two hours after school, they can better prioritize which activities to work on during the limited Internet time they have. It’s kind of like having a weekly allowance to learn how to manage money. Every child is different, it will be up to you the parent to set a healthy time limit that suits your child and his or her schedule best. In response to demand, Familoop will soon provide parents with the capabilities to set screen time limits for apps, games, and browsing on desktop PC, iOS and Android devices. Current version of parental control software by Familoop keeps track of your child’s screen time, displays insight into daily screen time on your parental dashboard. Besides, you can use time-out mode to lock your child's device usage for some time.

Android screen time control in Familoop Safeguard

Familoop Safeguard - screen time control on Android

Parenting Tip #2

Another bit of parenting advice that goes a long way in helping your child build healthy digital habits is to establish rules of the house. Can your child play games on their smartphone on a school night? Must homework be completed before your child can text with friends? Are the house chores to be completed before your child can post messages to social media? Setting and enforcing digital house rules will help your child build healthy digital habits.

Parenting Tip #3

This parenting advice is a tip that may be useful for both kids and parents alike! Screen glow from smartphones, tablets, and laptops can disrupt sleep patterns. This makes having a “winding down” period that doesn’t include digital devices before bedtime crucial. Initiate a relaxing activity 30 minutes before bedtime that doesn’t involve screens. Yoga, stretching, or reading a book are all great pre-bedtime ideas that will help your child establish a going-to-bed routine that doesn’t involve disruptive screens.

Parenting Tip #4

One of the most crucial parenting tips of all is to teach your child about cyberbullying and sexting. Through discussing these important topics with your child before they happen, they will be better equipped to recognize these behaviors if they ever find themselves in compromised situations. One way to get the conversation started is to discuss a news article about cyberbullying or sexting and get their opinion. Familoop parents may also invite their child to review the Familoop Safeguard Insights, and discuss particular online interactions that demonstrate poor behavior. Another way to help your child build healthy digital habits is to help them realize that even certain photos or messages shared between friends in a text or email can easily be distributed widely, potentially damaging their reputation. For parents who use Familoop Safeguard, keeping abreast of who your child communicates with and what information they share with others on popular social networks is a cinch. Discover how Familoop streamlines the approach, saving you time in protecting your child from online predators, cyberbullying, and over sharing.

Parenting Tip #5

Cyber-crime is rampant. While you don’t want to scare the living daylights out of your child, you do want to stress the importance of maintaining online privacy. Give your child a list of information NOT to share online, such as: home address, phone number, credit card information, and that any purchases your child wants to make online must get your approval first. Child monitoring software by Familoop sends parents updates in real-time of any suspicious activity so that parents can head off and take action on potential dangers before they occur.

Parenting Tip #6

Words have power. What may seem like a harmless tweet or joke on Facebook could actually be quite hurtful for the recipient. Here’s a bit of parenting advice - that not only kids can benefit from, but adults too - is to consider this before you post a message or tweet: is this post something you would say to the person’s face? If there is any hesitation, it may be best not to post the comment.

For more parenting advice, read about Familoop’s three principles of smarter digital parenting.

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