With the recent development in information, communication and technology, you will agree with me that kids have become more sensitive and even intelligent than they ever were. This poses a responsibility on parents to teach their children digital intelligence and this is because no matter how careful you might claim to be, if you deny them that, they ‘d still get that knowledge from another source.

Due to their access to smartphones, tablets and computers, it is important that you know what they are doing when they are online. The 21st-century parent’s duty goes beyond helping to build their intelligence quotient (IQ) to building their Digital Quotient (DQ).

One way of ensuring that you are not lagging behind on this is to teach children how to develop digital intelligence (DQ) — a set of social, emotional and cognitive capabilities that helps them to minimize the risks and pressures of digital media and to maximize its opportunities.

Parental monitoring

With the right information, you can do what you can to protect your children. Take actions like installing monitoring software. Other steps like turning on Google SafeSearch and turning off location tagging are helpful. If your children are old enough to be on social media, hopefully, you have to build a good rapport so you can follow and be their ‘friend’. This helps you to keep an eye on them.

Help them think through

What are they sharing, why are they sharing and with who are they sharing? This question of what you are sharing should be the starting point. Do they know what’s appropriate? Are they old enough for the App they are using? Are they being positive online? If they encounter bullying how should they act? Having these sorts of conversations help to set the ground rules of what’s appropriate before you place access to the world at their fingertips.

 Discuss online trends suitable for their ages with them 

Talk to your children about what is going on online. When you spend time talking about what is going on it gives you a chance to get an insight into how your children think. Even younger children have access to information as they use the internet and Google for homework.

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