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Be mediawise

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Be mediawise

What to do with this activity?

As a parent you want to keep your child safe both physically and mentally. Nowadays it is important to recognise the risks as well as the positives of your child's online life. If your child uses computers or a mobile phone you need to try to have open chats with them about it. These are the important points. Encourage them to:

1) Be careful about the personal information they give away on the internet and during online gaming. 

2) Always behave on the internet in a way that makes themselves proud - no bullying, kind and careful language. Think twice before posting.

3) Be careful about what photos they put on line and check whether they have location details attached.

5) Don't photograph or video other people without their permission - they wouldn't like it themselves. 

6) Don't believe everything you read online - check who is writing the information. 

If you would like to get more good advice visit the website Mediawise from Safefood which is organised by age group. Also, BBC has a series of animations called "Own It" about healthy use of social media. Here's one on not being mean and here's one about when to switch off.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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