For some tweens and teens, their online image is “everything.” Have frank discussions about the kinds of messages and photos they post and what really defines who they are.
Tip of the Day October 12
It’s okay for kids not to like or be friends with everyone they meet. But they still have to treat everyone with respect and compassion. How we treat people we don’t like very much says a lot about our character.
Tip of the Day October 11
The kids who are at most risk online [for sexual predation] are those who are at most risk offline. – Internet Safety Technical Task Force
When was the last time you heard a good story? Find old radio dramas online or borrow kids’ audio books at the library and listen to them as a family. Talk about the differences between hearing a story and watching it on a screen.
Tip of the Day October 8
Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em. Sit down and play your kids’ favorite computer or video games with them once or twice. Let them show you something they’re good at and enjoy.
Tip of the Day October 7
Do you have rules about phones and driving for your teens? (Or will you?) Do you follow the same rules, yourself?
Tip of the Day October 6
What are your rules for screen time for your kids? Do you follow them yourself?
Tip of the Day October 5
Turn screen time into craft time. If your kid wants to play Mario Bros. (again!) get out some Perler® beads or other craft supplies and make your own Mario and Luigi, together.
Tip of the Day October 4
“Oh, I feel so fat!” “I should skip lunch today.” Your kids hear you. And they project your words onto themselves. Keep that in mind.