Digital Information - Growing Up & Staying Safe
Parenting in the Digital Age (or PitDA for short) is a new programme to help parents apply their parenting skills to the online world.
The PitDA website provides guidance & support to help make sure that your children stay safe, to help you navigate the risks and help your children enjoy their online lives.
There are three areas to think about:
WHO your child is talking to,
WHAT they’re doing, and
WHERE they’re going online
As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
Think U Know - the site that aims to make online parenting simple.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
To view an e-safety presentation containing advice and information for parents and carers please follow this link