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Today's kids and parents face huge challenges with daily online connectivity. As parents it is very important to keep abreast of your child's online life - to know what sites they access, how they use social media and so on. That is not easy but it's important to make an effort!
Inform yourself as much as possible. Most schools will offer or suggest courses for parents to learn about internet safety. Webwise is an Irish organisation that offers information, advice and resources for parents, teachers and kids about the benefits and risks of the internet. It raises awareness of online safety issues and suggests good practice. There are lots of useful videos on their website which you can access by clicking the "View Activity Link" below. Encourage your child to watch the video at the top of this page called "Connected", made by PDST Technology in Education. Talk about the issues it raises.
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!
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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