TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
DFI’s goal for every parent and child is to have a baseline understanding of the power of using digital, mobile and social media in a positive way. Our tools and resources for parents help provide the solutions you need to help your child make better decisions while navigating the internet.
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Most parents and instructors know about the power of digital, but few have solutions for the challenges children are facing, including harassment, bullying, sexting, access to inappropriate content, substance use, identity theft and predators. If not caught, these behaviors can lead to human trafficking and domestic violence. DFI offers in-person classes to help guide parents on making decisions and finding the answers they are looking for.
Tips on how to be a digital native parent:
- An open dialogue with your child is necessary
- Plan on how you will monitor your child’s friends and devices
- Prepare a 'Parent/Child Agreement' and set guidelines
- Love your child, but be honest about rewards and consequences
- You continually educate yourself and research
Questions to ask yourself when your child is online:
- WILL your guidance establish good or bad choices and habits?
- WHO are they speaking with?
- WHAT are they viewing and visiting?
- WHEN are they on devices?
- HOW are they conducting themselves?
How to start talking to your child about sexting
- Pick a good time for the both of you (NOT before an exam or when you’ve planned to go somewhere)
- Keep the conversation general
- Have a conversation about online safety
- Check that they understand once a pictured is shared, they can’t control what happens to it
Look for these signs as a sign of substance use:
- Behavioral issues
- Mood and personality shifts
- Hygiene & appearance problems
- Health changes
- School and work concerns
- Home and car conditions