Are you your kid’s online co-driver?

internet safety

Picture: Sasha144, a user of goSupermodel

A parent emailed us:

”My kid wants to join Momio. As usual, I decided to start by signing up myself to get to know the service better.”

Haven’t done the same? No worries, you’re not the only one!

Online parenting is not a simple task, and even the experts don’t always see eye to eye in how much parents should get involved. Some internet safety experts emphasize the importance of respecting children’s privacy while the others recommend very close supervision for keeping kids safe online.

Try not to crash!

What is the right way of doing it? Should you interfere in your child’s online life and if yes, in what extent?

At the end of the day, you as a parent need to make two decisions. First of all, decide when your kid is old and mature enough to enter social media with age limit of 13 and above, such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Do you want to follow the social media age limitations or will you trust your kid will do fine?

Perhaps you make a compromise and let your 11-12-year-old use Instagram or other social media platforms designed for teens and grown-ups.

Second of all, you must think of how much you supervise your kids’ online life. Will you throw them car keys and wish they won’t crash or do you co-drive and put on the break if necessary?

Or maybe you create an account yourself too!

How have you done this in your family?

About the author:

Pia Edman, watAgame

Pia Edman worked as a Finnish Community Manager at watAgame from 2009 to 2015. She has several years of experience in working with online communities and online safety as well as with digital content creation and digital advertising. Pia has a master’s degree in Finnish language.