Every day we discover (or find) new ways to adapt and connect during this unique chapter of family life. But because every age group will find their favorite virtual play date and party application under your roof, parents may need to install safety rails to keep the fun going.
The IRL community is emerging
While this health crisis is devastating in many ways, it also highlights many heartbreaking opportunities for Real Life Connection (RLC). As a sign of solidarity, we place teddy bears in our shop windows, organise a hunt for local children, close for serenades, support the explorers, celebrate birthdays and diplomas through parades, and so on.
The continuous infusion of real human bonds has helped to reduce uncertainty. Yet children of all ages need to maintain an emotional bond with their peers. Here are a few thought-provoking moments when children of all ages communicate online with friends.
Pre-K and Elementary Virtual Game Data
With health professionals imposing restrictions on babies’ familiar activities such as playgrounds, sports competitions, overnight stays, play dates and even visits from grandparents, parents relax according to the rules of screen time and look for opportunities for virtual play dates. Free video tools like FaceTime and Zoom prove that they can save lives through art, games and group learning, as well as secure websites for teenagers and phone applications. (If you don’t have enough money, here’s a list of activities and places to learn for each age group)
Keep them safe.
- You can share your online experiences with young children at any time. Sit down with them to teach, monitor and explain the context of the new digital environment. Also keep your computers and phones in a common room.
- Try to limit the display time. Even young children can become too sensitive to the screen.
- Maximize privacy settings on all your devices and enable and secure mode or browse websites and applications.
- Introduce concepts such as cyberbullying and strangers in age-appropriate language.
- Start at the beginning with efforts to keep the family safe. Consider the benefits of filtering software, safe web browsing and encryption for your family’s digital activities via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Virtual connection to Junior High and High School
Although the amount of time spent in front of the screen has increased, digital connectivity, just like connectivity at home, is also important for teenagers and young people, both for learning and for relationships with peers. Children will find their new virtual meetings on social networks, group discussions and video games. They also play virtual board games with sites like Pogo, Let’s Play Uno and Zoom. The Netflix Party has become an entertaining way to see Netflix with groups of friends.
Keep them safe.
- At this age, many children (whether they have a smartphone or will have one soon) have a lot of them. As you spend more time online, you may want to learn the basics such as privacy and location settings. This also includes playground equipment.
- Given the increased use of the Internet and the closure of most schools during the year, the use of parental control and game safety software can help parents to reduce online risks for children of all ages.
- Watch and talk about trends, risky digital behavior and calls that can occur in applications like TikTok and WhatsApp.
- Review and approve games and applications before downloading and consider keeping an eye on your kids’ devices, social profiles and messages.
- This age group is rapidly transitioning to public Wi-Fi, putting your family’s data at risk. For this age group it is very important to learn how to use a family NPV.
- Discuss the dangers of communicating with strangers on the Internet. Also discuss the risks of excessive sharing of personal information and photos, even in chats and seemingly personal texts. Don’t let boredom lead to bad decisions.
- Discuss cyberbullying and how to block and report accounts that express hatred, racism or threatening behavior.
- Teach your children how to use secure passwords and how to control legitimate websites and identity fraud on the Internet.
There is nothing normal for families this time, but there is something special. Get him! Get him! Get him! Keep talking and laughing, especially on hard days. Daily cardiac exam in a teenager when he seems isolated. Let yourself go to the atmosphere of a high-level tournament. And don’t forget your parents before all this is over, don’t forget that TikTok will dance with your children and share it with the world!
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