If you've ever attended any of our parenting webinars in the past, you would've heard us say "A family that scrolls together, stays together." It's a catchphrase we love to say here at the Cyberlite office. This simple but powerful phrase serves as a reminder to parents about the importance of exploring their child's cyber spaces together before granting them independent digital freedom. Let's dive deeper into why this approach can be beneficial for both parents and children.
What is Your Child Doing Online?
Here's a simple example: your child has been asking to download Roblox, but you are just unsure of the best decision to make. You've heard of Roblox, but you're not really sure what this game is. Are you supposed to be worried about it? Surely it can't be that bad if all the other kids in school are playing it? But is my child ready to play it? There are many questions that may run through your mind whenever your child asks you to download a new app, be it a game or social media.
Scroll, Play, and Explore as a Family
Our recommendation for all parents is to embark on a joint exploration of the app with your child, especially if you decide to give them a chance to explore it. Use the app together for the initial days, allowing you to experience and understand its features, interactions, and user experience. By doing so, you can identify potential concerns, engage in open discussions, and set appropriate rules and limits for your child.
Benefits of Scrolling Together
Scrolling or playing alongside your child offers several advantages. Firstly, it allows you to familiarise yourself with the app's functionality, enabling you to guide your child effectively. Additionally, it facilitates open conversations where you can voice your concerns and your child can seek clarification or ask questions. This shared experience strengthens the bond between you and your child while building trust and mutual understanding.
Taking Control of Digital Spaces
It's crucial to remember that simply downloading an app and letting your child roam freely without parental guidance can lead to unnecessary risks. As parents, it is our responsibility to be aware of our children's cyber spaces and the online environments they navigate. By staying actively involved and being in control, we create a safe and supportive digital ecosystem for our family.
In the ever-evolving digital landscape, it's essential for parents to actively participate in their child's online experiences. Embracing the mantra of "a family that scrolls together, stays together" empowers parents to understand their child's cyber spaces and guide them effectively. By exploring apps together, fostering open communication, and setting boundaries, we create a strong foundation for digital safety and maintain a close-knit family unit in the virtual world.