“When we talk about regulation and children, it is often framed as protection, but when you look at children’s rights, we need to see them as free agents with the right and ability to navigate opportunities and gain resilience against risk” says Dr. Ellen Helsper, associate professor in media and communications at the London School of Economics.
- 7 out of 10 children aged 12 or below use or have used a mobile device or tablet.
- 22% of parents reported giving their child a mobile device to keep them occupied while running errands.
- 30% of apps on parents’ phones are downloaded and used by children!
- 77% of parents agree that tablets and mobile devices help their children’s learning and creativity.
According to the EU Kids Online report, parents can support their children’s online experience by:
- using technical filtering and parental controls tools (like Mobicip) to gradually ease the entry into the wider internet.
- talking and actively sharing online experiences with children.
- pro-actively discussing online safety strategies.
- setting rules on internet use instead of a blanket regulation of the medium.
Provide your children with the skill-sets to distinguish good from bad. Teach them the basis of moral judgement and above all teach them to respect themselves!