As your son grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your son has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your son is using the internet.
You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
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Parenting in the Digital Age
‘The Parent Zone’ has developed a video specifically for parents (scroll to bottom of webpage).
Resources for Parents and Carers
Vodafone has produced a second edition of their excellent magazine called ‘Digital Parenting'.
This magazine has been developed to help parents and carers understand and get involved with their children's digital world. The magazine is very readable, informative and provides advice on a range of eSafety issues. To order a copy of the magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website:
The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet
This video was launched last year by Thinkuknow and is an excellent 30 minute video that is available on the parents section of their website www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety
This parents guide, produced by Cerebra, Mencap and Ambitious about Autism, identifies a range of potential risks that children with a learning disability or autism may face when using the internet. It provides parents with advice and resources to help their child safely enjoy and use the internet. www.mencap.org.uk/news/article/keepingsafeonline