When are kids ready for technology?
Written by a NortonLifeLock employee
Today’s tweens and teens stay connected through text messaging rather than phone calls, with many wanting their own social media accounts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat...these and other social media sites provide plenty of entertainment for kids. However, parents may worry about issues such as online predators and cyberbullying.
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Subsequently, many parents struggle to evaluate how old their children should be to safely surf the Internet, handle instant messaging, use smartphones and set up social networking sites. Today’s kids are inundated with technology.
Here are some steps to help set safe guidelines for kids and technology:
Educating yourself and then discussing the use of technology with your child is critical. Here are a few pointers that will help parents help their children navigate the digital landscape.
Children 12 and under shouldn’t access the Internet without a parent’s permission. And you’ll want to use parental control software to limit your child’s access to inappropriate material. Keep the computer in a public space in your home. It’s reasonable to allow high school-age kids computer access in their rooms, but you’ll want to establish clear limits related to pornography, graphic websites and other off-limits material.
Social media sites such as Facebook have age limits. However, that doesn’t stop many kids under 14 from using social networks. Young kids can be exposed to inappropriate material or harassing behaviour, but frequently lack maturity or sophistication to handle such material/behavior before year 10.
Texting or instant messaging
Children over 12 years old who’ve demonstrated some maturity should be able to handle texting and instant messaging. Cyberbullying is a hard no. It is a punishable offense. So stay aware. Kids should know the signs of cyberbullying and report it immediately to an adult they trust.
When it comes to handling the responsibility of a smartphone, it’s important to spell out how you want your child to use the phone. Make sure you’re aware of the phone’s many functions and how your child might use them. Kids get into trouble taking indiscreet photos of peers with mobile phone cameras. Some schools ban phones because of cheating. And GPS features can pose problems if they allow, for instance, a boyfriend or girlfriend to track your child at all times.
The key to understanding the right age for a child to use technology finally rests with the maturity of the child. That’s an assessment that can only be made by constantly talking to children and observing their behaviour. Setting a good example is as important as setting good boundaries, too.
Using technology as one of the solutions
Norton Security Premium comes with parental controls that make it easy for parents to set time limits and keep inappropriate content out of their child’s device. With a little help from technology, parents can observe their child’s online behaviour and enforce rules. This way children can explore the Internet freely and safely.
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