Lite98 Parent Talk
September 12, 2012
Liz Pearce, Director of Parent Engagement
Children’s Museum of Richmond
Are you ready for your child to move from the playground to cyberspace?
Using social networking sites is not generally appropriate for kids under 13 years old because they don't understand the repercussions. A pre-teen’s cognitive abilities are rarely capable of truly grasping the abstract complexities of cyberspace. Consider these guidelines that all users of social media should follow, and if your youngster isn’t able to master them independently, he or she isn’t ready to use social networks without supervision.
Does this sound too complicated for your child? If so, it’s likely he needs a few more years in the real world forming relationships and making friends, before jumping in to the virtual world.
Because we can’t exactly ban the Internet or technology these days, parents need to form a Digital Use Plan. There are great ideas on websites like CommonSenseMedia.org and WiredSafety.org for parents.
For younger ages,
Keep in Mind: Our children may have more knowledge on the technical aspects of the Internet, but we have the wisdom and experience they lack. You can do this!