Tech Talk before the Sex Talk
Only lion-hearted parents do not fear a notorious sex talk, yet every teen is expected to hear one from his or her parents. However, can you imagine a sex talk with an 8-year-old child?
Jenn Cannon, an author of Sophie Takes a #Selfie, claims there is a talk that every parent must have with a child long before he or she hits puberty – it is a tech talk.
“I say anonymity is the new virginity, and kids very young are giving that anonymity away very freely,” Cannon explains.
The book she wrote gives many prompts for children on how to act guardedly and still affably online – it is a real online well-bred behavior guide. Parents should learn from the book because it gives really useful and workable advice:
- Change the settings of your child’s profile to private;
- Explain to your children that it is possible to connect with familiar people only;
- Use parental control software to monitor activities of your child in social media;
- Do not underestimate the importance of mutual affiance: talk to your child.
Parental control and online surveillance may seem inappropriate, when it comes to trust. However, they both are essential. Firstly, they help parents by marking inappropriate photos or other kinds of social media content. Thus, you will be able to block sharing of such content and explain to your child why is it inappropriate. In the following, parental control apps will help you protect your child from cyberbullying and online harassment.
When is it necessary to have a tech talk? Jenn Cannon suggests that 8-9 years is, perhaps, the most appropriate age for that. However, it depends on family. Still, it should better take place sooner than later – children have easy access to social media, and who knows whom they can meet there.
Remember, let your child know that he or she can come to you and talk to you without any further negative implications. Don’t forget about mutual trust and respect.