It's difficult to know if you are doing the right thing as a parent regarding access to technology/devices. Over the last year, we have researched and collated some of the best tips and guidelines any family can print and use at home. The overarching goal: teaching children to use devices as a resource, a tool for learning a wide variety of subjects or honing specific skills, and occasionally as an opportunity to socialize. Start discussing early on how you use your devices, have open conversations and dialogue about how to do effective searches, and be honest in explaining what is off limits and why. It's important to be aware that when children start using the internet, it's likely they will be exposed to the dark side. Be prepared to have those conversations before allowing access. Gifted Alliance has created this family guide for you to copy/paste, discuss, adjust and use for your family.
FAMILY COMPUTER AGREEMENT
I NEED PERMISSION TO
To read more about internet safety, device usage recommendations and more, please see the following links:
Children and Screen Time - Recommendations by the NIH - Comprehensive recommendations including:
Current Screen Time Guidelines
Children under age 2 should have no screen time.
Limit screen time to 1 to 2 hours a day for children over age 2.
Despite what ads may say, videos that are aimed at very young children do not improve their development.
NSPCC Guide to Online Safety - Find out what children do online, risks and dangers and how to keep children safe.
Be sure to click on the link above to explore the Risks and dangers of being online
Inappropriate content including pornography
Ignoring age restrictions
Friending or communicating with strangers
Grooming and sexual abuse
Sharing personal information
Gambling and creating other debts