10 – 12

Be mediawise


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 have conversations with them.These are the important points:

1) Explain that they should never talk with strangers over the internet, just as they would not talk to strangers in the street.

2) Be careful about the information they give away on the internet.

3) Always behave on the internet in a way that makes you proud - no bullying, be kind and use careful language.

4) Avoid posting pictures of yourself online - they might come back to haunt you later.

5) Don't photograph or video other people without their permission - it's rude and unkind. 

6) Don't believe everything you read online - only information from trusted sources. Advertisements are rarely truthful.

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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