The Washington Post article from September 5th, “Parents use ‘digital’ grounding as a 21st century disciplinary tool,” includes some good ideas for parents of digital age kids. Facebook is a privilege, not a right. Kids CAN survive without digital access to their peers for awhile, particularly if their device use is getting in the way of important priorities, like academic studies. It can be a good idea to”friend” your own child to help keep tabs on their digital activities, and step in if they get far out of line.
Have you taken away access to digital technology as a consequence for your own children’s misbehavior? Have you friended your own children or younger relatives on social networking sites like Facebook? Have you spoken up when you’ve observed inappropriate comments or photos, or remained silent?
These issues and ideas would be great ones to raise with parents in discussions about Internet safety and digital citizenship.
HT to my mom for sharing this article on her Posterous blog.
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