Four Ways To Foster Positive Internet Use In Your Child’s Online Interactions


Four Ways To Foster Positive Internet Use In Your Child’s Online Interactions

Teaching your child about online kindness is more important than ever. Learn four tips to empower your child so they can engage the digital world with kindness and build a safer, more inclusive online community.

05 Jun 2024
1 min read
IMDA Singapore
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Our online actions have real-life impact not only on ourselves but on others. Learn four tips to foster positive internet use in your child, so they can act responsibly and ethically and inspire others to do the same online.

1. Be a Positive Online Presence

While it’s common to have different opinions, there’s never a need to be disrespectful or insulting. If your child would like to comment, the focus should be on the argument and not the person. Let them know that it is all right to agree to disagree.

Encourage them to practise “Stop – Think – Do” before posting anything online:

  • Stop: Stop what you are about to do and calm down.
  • Think: Consider the choices and the consequences of each choice.
  • Do: Choose the most responsible choice. If necessary, seek help from a trusted adult.

2. Think before you share

When your child comes across content they wish to share, it is important to do so responsibly. Encourage them to use T.H.I.N.K to check if what they are posting or sharing is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind. If any answer is ‘No’, advise your child not to post it.

Take a step further and guide your child to verify the content before sharing. Explore S.U.R.E. by National Library Board, which promotes the importance of information literacy and discernment. Guide your child to always be S.U.R.E before they share!

3. Respect others’ works

Guide your child to respect the intellectual property rights of others. Advise them against stealing or damaging digital work, identity, or property. Always ask for permission before using someone else’s content and remember to credit them.

4. Be an upstander

Your child can play their part and stand up against online negativity and cyberbullying. Start by reporting hateful comments, or tactfully call out the negative behaviour and suggest positive alternatives.

This may help mitigate negativity and instill in them the values of empathy and courage.

As you guide your child to embrace positive internet use, remember the influence you have as their role model. By maintaining a positive online presence yourself, you can show your child how they can make a positive impact online and inspire others to do the same.