Provide opportunities for a variety of offline activities
o Spend time with your child by carrying out family activities such as sports and outdoor activities so that your child has a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Activate parental controls in all computing devices
To setup parental controls in Apple devices:
o Turn On The iPad's Restrictions. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions and tap Enable Restrictions. Every time you do this you'll be asked to set a 4-digit passcode and enter it a second time. Be sure it's something you can remember but your kid won't figure out.
o For more information, please visit Apple Support
Role-model good digital habits
o Manage your own digital habits such as avoiding extensive use of technology and avoiding use of technology during meal times.
o Show your child safe, responsible and respectful behaviour when sharing, collaborating and creating online.
Establish the ground rules for internet use
Some basic rules could include the following:
Navigate the internet with your child to understand his/her user
o Surf the Internet with your child so that you know what he/she does online and whether he/she is involved in age-appropriate activities. This will help to hone your child’s skills to translate his/her understanding into actions which he/she can later apply should he/she face similar situations.
o Highlight to your child not to respond to anyone who says something inappropriate and he/she should immediately leave any site if he/she feel uncomfortable.
o Access websites that have age restrictions (for e.g. many social media sites have age limit for setting up accounts to comply with international regulations on children accessing social media).
o share password with others
o share personal information online
o meet strangers face to face without parents’ knowledge
o spread rumours and say mean things online
Talk with your child about his/her internet use
o Get your child to share with you his/her favourite online websites, things he/she do online and what is cool amongst his/her friends.
o Talk to him/her about his/her online experiences. (For example, discuss about the benefits and risks of the Internet, share how people connect and communicate with one another through the Internet).
o Let your child know that it is alright to ask you questions or talk to you if he/she run into problems with someone online.
o Download the C-Quest game app, which facilitates conversation between parents and children on cyber wellness, from the iTunes Store / Google Play.