February is Digital Wellness month in Hilliard City Schools. Each week we will take a look at a different topic. This week we are looking at Personal Health and Wellness. Here are some activities that families could use to have discussions about Digital Wellness at home.
Big Idea for your child:
Be Aware. I will be safe online and protect private information.
Elementary Family Activity:
- Videos for Parents/Families:
- Watch Be Share Aware Video
- Watch 5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet
- If you are interested, here are some other home web filtering options. You can find these on the Hilliard Schools One2One Site > How do I monitor my child’s use of the iPad?
- Conversation Starters:
- Article for Parents: What Should Kids and Teens Know if Online Strangers Contact Them?
- Discuss with your child(ren) what it’s like to have a “gut feeling” about an uncomfortable situation. You can use a traffic light analogy (green = okay, yellow = iffy, red = risky) to help kids assess different online scenarios (e.g., if someone asks for a photo, talks about inappropriate things, asks them to keep anything a secret, bothers them, says something that makes them them feel sad or upset). You might be tempted to lean on typical “stranger danger” messaging here, but do consider that these situations may also happen with people kids know or sort of know. Emphasize to your child(ren) that they have the power to end conversations and log off the Internet at any time, and to not let shyness or embarrassment prevent them from talking to a parent or family member if they get into an iffy or risky situation. This approach can apply beyond grooming to issues like cyberbullying and online scams, too.
- Why is it important not to share important information (like our home address, phone numbers, garage door codes, when mom and dad won’t be home, etc.) online or in social media apps?
Secondary Family Activity:
- Things to do or discuss
- Together, do a Google search with your child, search his or her name and see what comes up
- See what you can see as a ‘non-friend’ on various social media sites/apps
- Using a friend or follower’s device/computer, see what information of yours is available to them with your social media accounts.
- Using a device/computer that you are not signed into, see what information of yours is publicly available with your social media accounts.
- Visit the website: Google Safety Center for Families:
- You could also visit: Google Account Settings Checkup