Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated globally in 130 countries on Tuesday 5 February 2019 with the theme, ‘Together for a Better Internet’ which promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology. Family Insights supports and embraces the campaign to inspire positive changes online and raise awareness of online safety issues, not just on Safer Internet Day but throughout the year with an ongoing commitment to empowering families with our educational content and app.
This year SID encourages people to create a better Internet by developing 4 critical skills: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.
Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
At Family Insights, our approach to online safety and creating a better internet is anchored in trust, honest communication and ongoing family education.
The development of our app was based on the understanding that when parents use parental controls that block internet access or spy on their children’s activity, they not only risk eroding parent-child trust, but they also lose the opportunity to empower and educate their children to safely navigate the internet. Our app provides parents with a real time analysis of their child’s online activity, not content, and threat alerts as well as the ability to know where their children are using the GPS gating feature and the ability to schedule offline time.
Before we release advice, tips or updates our education team thoroughly research each topic. We learn the ins and outs of new apps, laws, terminology and research so we can share our evidence based information so that parents can connect and communicate more effectively with their children and make informed decisions about their family’s digital wellbeing.
Parents can promote the 4Rs of Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience within their family by modelling them in their own online interactions, having ongoing conversations that reflect their family values and reassuring their children they are there for them if they are exposed to illegal or inappropriate content and behaviour online.
“The Parents Survival Guide To Children, Technology & The Internet”. This book is available at https://www.parentssurvivalguide.net/
Family Insights Knowledge Centre https://familyinsights.net/advice/
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner: www.esafety.gov.au
Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/