A Few Points to Emphasize in Conversations With Your Child from Media! Tech! Parenting! Timely Topics on Teaching & Parenting Digital Children blog by Marti Weston
- A telephone, e-mail, texting device, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. is not a toy, even though it sometime feels like one.
- A digital device connected to the digital world decreases privacy. It is easy for pre-teens and adolescents to think that activities are completely private.
- All digital activities leave digital footprints. In fact, since even charging groceries at the grocery store leaves digital footprints, keeping a record of all the digital footprints made for one day can be fun for the family.
- Negative, mean, gossipy, or cruel comments via phone, text, or e-mail travel rapidly to other people. Reminder: If you cannot say it face-to-face, do not say it in digital form.
- Sarcasm in a message or text on one end can seem like bullying when another person reads it.
- Intentions matter less than consequences in digital life.
- Digital cameras need to be used wisely. Before sending or forwarding an image, take ten seconds to wonder if anyone in your family might think an image is unsuitable.
- No one has the right to use an individual’s image without that person’s permission. Protect your image and the images of your friends
- Avoid by-standing. If a person uses digital devices to cyber-bully, get help for the bullied student, anonymously if necessary, but right away.
Family Media Agreements These agreements (elementary, middle and high school) from Common Sense Media, can be a great contract for talking to your children about acceptable online behavior.
This "Game Plan" from InternetSafety.com provides a contract for families to use in order to establish agreed upon rules for media use in the household.
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Do you want to create your own family contract, but don't know where to start? Try downloading and printing this contract as a starting point.
This article featured in the Huffington Post last December is a contract/letter from a Mom to her 13 year old son who just received a cell phone.