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From educational apps to games, there’s now great technology available for younger kids. Stuart Dredge lists five of our favourites

Digital parenting is a great resource that helps parents understand and talk to young people about the benefits and the challenges of our digital world. Growing up has never been easy, but today the virtual world presents a whole set of new risks. Young people live in an always-on, social, digital and connected world, and it's the only world they've known. We marvel at technology, yet to them it is the norm. While the internet brings amazing opportunities for young people to learn, create and socialize, it is our duty as adults to help them navigate this online world safely. Young people must recognize that every click, every post, every purchase and every photo we upload online leaves a digital footprint.

 

It is important to begin these conversations at an early age-to help set boundaries together and provide a clear understanding of when they are safe to explore and roam online freely. We all need to work together to educate children about staying safe online.

 

These Digital Parenting magazines are a great publication and will be sent home as and when we receive them in school. You can also look at back copies of this magazine at http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html

 

Here are some topics that you might be interested in.

 

Setting family technology rules

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/features/setting-family-technology-rules/

Do you believe online safety should be a family effort? Three parents explain how they control their households’ technology and what their biggest challenges are.

 

Online controls for children of all ages

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/expert-advice/online-controls-children-ages/

Internet Matters, a not-for-profit organisation, shares its strategies to ensure a safe and happy digital experience for children of all ages – from toddlers to teens.

 

Is your family cyber secure?

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/expert-advice/family-cyber-secure/

We share some of the top cyber security issues that both children and adults should be aware of – and provide useful tips to follow and stay safe online

 

How to use social media safely

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/expert-advice/how-to-use-social-media-safely/

Kate Medlin, a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, explains how you can help your teen to navigate the online world

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