Raising internet-safe children ( part 2 )


Perhaps, if we start teaching children at three years old about cyberethics, we will have children that know how to make smart decisions about sharing too much personal information, about how to deal with the receipt of a bully message.  Perhaps, we would live in a world with reduced bully suicides,  with a reduction in missing kids, and with a reduction in revenge porn. So how do we teach children starting as young as three years old about cyberethics? Well, you start at the beginning. I would like to introduce you to the Savvy Cyber Kids. This is Tony and Ema. Tony and Ema are brother and sister.  Tony and Ema go on great adventures together, that resonate with our children. So how do you start teaching the cyberethics concepts? Well, you have to start at the beginning with the technology itself. You have to teach children about what technology is and the amazing things that you can do with technology.  Play games, listen to music, create music,  read, develop, communicate with others.
On one of their amazing adventures, Ema and Tony encounter an online stranger. So what do they do? They create superhero identities of course.  Ema creates Cyber Princess, and Tony creates Cyber Thunder. So when anyone ever asks them online "What is your name? Where do you live? What school do you go to? Are you a boy? Are you a girl? What is your favorite sport?"  The only answer is their superhero identity. Cyber Thunder or Cyber Princess. In another adventure, Cyber Thunder and Cyber princess are playing an online game,  and they encounter a cyber-bully.  With the help of their mom, they learn how to deal with bullies online and bullies in the physical world. It is important that we teach our children that not everyone they meet in life will be nice. It is important that we let our children know how much we value them and love them. It is important that we teach our children to ignore mean talk and mean writing directed towards them. We need to build confidence in our children. We need to help them follow their passions ( raising children).
Throughout history there is a long list of the most famous people in the world  who have come out and admitted that they were bullied in their youth  and many bullied into adulthood. But what differentiates these successful people from the impact of bullying? They had a strong support group, they followed their passion. Help your children find their passion, and follow their passion. And not everyone will agree with the passion and the path your child may be taking. It may be out of these so called norms for today's society, but that's perfect for your child. And when your child is bullied online, tell him to ignore it.  If the capability exists in an app or a game, or something else they are doing, have them block the offending individual. Make sure your child knows who their trusted adults are in life  so that if they ever see or hear something that they don't understand,  that scares them, makes them feel funny they know exactly  who to come to talk about it.  So you as a parent, you as a teacher, grandparents, make sure your children know  that they can come to you whenever they need to talk  or don't understand something ( raising children). 

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