There are six topics to work through (Social Media, Screen Time, Personal Information, Inappropriate Content, Cyberbullying and Contact with Strangers) and have discussions about.
Each topic has a 10 minute interactive tour, designed for parents of pre-teens and young teens (10 to 14 years). It has plenty of tips and practical steps along the way so you can help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. This is especially important at this age as they strive for independence and peer acceptance.
Fact: On average, outside of school, 10 to 14 year olds spend 23 hours online per week.
1. Try to encourage positive screen time, like content that you can view and enjoy together. Discourage anything that is overly aggressive or disrespectful.
2. Negotiate key rules together, such as when screens can be on and when they need to be turned off. Young teens are likely to respond better to rules that they’ve contributed to and see as being fair and consistent.
3. Agree ahead of time on the rules and strategies to get your child to switch off from the screen. With gaming, think about a timer that signals that game time is nearly over and be clear about the consequences for not switching off.
Go to www.esafety.gov.au/iparent for more.