Parenting in the Digital Age

Although it may seem that today's children know more about technology than most adults, children of all ages still require guidance and support to navigate the new digital reality.  The resources below are curated so that families can help their children navigate the digital world with a balanced approach. 

Screen Time

Setting limits on the amount of screen time your child has is one way to help maintain balance in their life. It's important to note that researchers acknowledge that there is a difference between recreational screen time and non-recreational screen time.

Recreational screen time is defined as time spent using a device such as a computer, television or gaming console that does not promote activity.

Non-recreational screen time is time spent using a device such as a computer, television or gaming console with an educational or active component. Check out these resources for support on managing screen time.

Parental Controls

While it's important to have conversations around technology use with your children, devices such as smartphones, tablets and gaming systems have parental controls.  Parental controls vary on each device, but they can assist in limiting content, application and the amount of time spent on a device.

Click here to access our parental controls section.

Social Media

Social media may be a big part of your child's life. Parents play an important role in helping their children learn how to use social media responsibility and respectfully.

These resources will highlight what you need to know about some of the popular social media platforms used by teens and tweens.

Cyberbullying

While social media and messaging sites may be all about socializing for many of our children, there are some children using these sites to intimidate and harass others. When a child experiences threatening or intimidating messages, it can be a very emotional experience for them.

Check out these resources on how to identify and deal with cyberbullying.

Security, Privacy and Digital Footprint

Your digital footprint is the trail left behind by the things you do online such as your social media posts and your Internet browsing history. Children need support in cultivating a positive digital footprint. 

The resources in this section show how to use privacy features to manage their digital footprint.