It’s never nice to find out your kid has publicly misbehaved. When it happens in social media it’s even worse since things you post on the internet basically never completely disappear.
There are many ways to misbehave online, and it’s not always about bullying in a cruel way or sending a naked picture. At watAgame, we consider for instance insulting comments, cheating other community members and spamming others as misbehaving.
When those things happen, we always inform the kid that they have done something wrong and explain why that was bad.
Can’t behave, don’t use?
What should you do as a parent then? The instant solution popping into mind might be to forbid the kid from using social media. Can’t behave, don’t use.
However, that might lead to even riskier situations. The kid will most likely use prohibited services without parental knowledge. Next time when something goes wrong, they are too afraid to tell you.
Instead of harsh punishments, we believe in discussing, preferably already before problems arise but better late than never. Talk about online behaviour, set rules, make sure your kid knows that common behaving rules apply also online and encourage them to apologise if needed.
We all make mistakes. That’s fine as long as we learn from them.