Videos to help teach our kids to be safe and smart online

Having open honest discussions with your kids is one of the best ways to help keep them safe and responsible online and to help them talk about the challenges they may face spending time online. Sometimes it’s hard to bring up topics without sounding all ‘lecture-y’ and it isn’t long before the eyes start to glaze over and they are thinking about the next thing they are going to have to eat.

One way that works well is to show kids a short video on a topic. Let them watch it and ask them about it after, or better still watch it together. There are heaps of videos on youtube about all sorts of aspects of social media and technology, so find ones that you think may appeal to your kids.

I have put together a few different ones for different issues. Obviously some are more relevant to different ages, so have a look first to decide if this is something that might be appropriate for your child.  Find out what they know, do they know how people in the videos could have handled things better? Would they know what to do if they saw these things happen to a friend? Or to themselves?

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