Technological advances make everyone a user, maker, and disseminator of information. As a parent, you must have qualified literacy skills, mastering four pillars, namely digital skills, digital safety, digital culture, and digital ethics. So it can be easy to educate children who are digital natives.
Every progress has both good and bad effects. Now parents feel easier, they don’t need a babysitter. Children are easy to calm down when playing videos on YouTube. Though this bad habit makes children vulnerable. Children’s eyes are easily exposed to radiation, their body shape can also be affected.
Digitally capable parents should be aware of the guidelines or standardization of each digital platform. There is a user age limit. For example, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram are only intended for children aged 13 years and over.
“How about a child who is not that age yet? Do not. Each platform has its own reasons why only 13 year olds are allowed to have an account,” said Mafindo Regional Coordinator, Astin Mey in Kediri, East Java, on Friday (29/7).
Parents, he continued, must embed social media where good and bad become one. Children must be aware of the risks that they potentially face, such as digital fraud and scams. Today, even many children are victims of fraud related to trafficking.
Then teach the child that on social media there is etiquette or internet etiquette. Everything that is done on social media is the same as in the real world. So children must choose polite words, make good comments, don’t hurt friends or other people, even unknowingly spread personal data.
“Parents must instill in their children the bad risks that can occur on social media. So that children can be independent take care of themselves. Come join our children. Give a good example,” said Astin. (OL-12)