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You don’t need to be an enthusiastic digital media user to be able to help your kids learn this, but a basic awareness of the most common platforms will help. NSPCC have produced some great tools to help parents brush up their knowledge. Challenge your child to their quick quiz to test both your knowledge around online apps and games..
Playing games online
Primary school aged children are often very intuitive users of technology, games in particular. Younger children do not yet have the social maturity to assess potential risks associated with online gaming and they need your guidance. This cartoon from CEOP is a good one to watch with P1-3 children to help them understand some of the risks and how to stay safe.
‘Lee and Kim’
Often it seems as though our kids know more about technology than we do. If you’re not someone who uses social media much, it can feel daunting to talk to your kids about what they are viewing and sharing but it’s the best way to keep them safe. Primary school aged kids don’t have the life experience that you do to be able to think through all the possible consequences of file sharing online/on social media and that’s what they need from you to avoid situations like the ones in these clips: