10 – 12

Be mediawise

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Be mediawise

What to do with this activity?

 You can help your child to be wise about using computers and phones. Here are some tips:

1) Your child shouldn't put anything online that they wouldn't be proud to wear on a T-shirt.

2) Encourage your child to be kind, never bully anyone else and to use careful language.

3) Be careful about putting photos online that they might regret, or might embarrass or hurt friends or family. 

4)Think twice before posting. Who can see information your put up? Is it public? Is it safe to say where you are?

5) Talk to your child about how to check whether information is true? Where does the information come from?  

For more tips see Mediawise from Safefood or BBC's "Own It" series. There's one on not being mean and 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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