Do you have the energy to supervise?

Picture: HannahMaria, a Momio user

Picture: HannahMaria, a Momio user

While your kids use their mobile devices, what do you do? Have a cup of coffee while browsing Facebook or Instagram maybe?

In our household the kids – aged 7 and 3 – normally get to play with a tablet 15 minutes at a time. When the gaming session starts, my husband and I seize the opportunity to check out our own mobile phones to read the Facebook messages or see if something interesting is going on Twitter. Nothing wrong with that, right?

Well, it depends. If you know for sure what games the kids play and that the games are suitable for them, you’re fine. In case you don’t have a clue what happens on the children’s devices, there’s a big chance you’re screwed.

Carry your responsibility

Parents bear the heaviest responsibility in children’s safety. We parents need to teach our offspring how to behave to stay safe. And even when we believe the kids have learned, we still have to supervise them.

We keep on forgetting that all these parenting guidelines apply to the internet and games too. When it comes to those, we get lazy. Instead of getting to know the app our child is fascinated about, we rather like our friends’ newest Instagram pictures.

Oftentimes it doesn’t take more than five minutes to find out what a game or an app is all about. Use our checklist as a base. One simple trick is asking the kids what they are doing and being interested in it.
Using those minutes will pay off. You do your share in raising a smart digital kid and will probably keep plenty of bad things from occurring.

So what do you do the next time your kids are on their mobiles?

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.