Create a family digital alliance
Setting Digital use limits and consequences is essential to teaching good Digital Family Habits in your home. DOWNLOAD CONVERSATION GUIDE
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Quality family time is essential to building trust in your family. Your children will at some stage come across inappropriate content online, and when they do it is essential that you as their parents are the first place they come to for support.
Negotiating a digital family alliance will help set up a family dynamic which will ensure they come to you, and don’t get lost online.
When it comes to screen use in the home we like Anya Kamenetz’s perspective:
“Enjoy screens, not too much, and mostly with other people”
Helping your children understand your expectations and their reasonability when it comes to their device use is much easier when we proactively create structure for them to follow as opposed to reacting to bad digital decisions they may end up making.
A digital family alliance can create these expectations and responsibilities in your family.
If kids don’t know where the line in the sand is, they will have real trouble in navigating their way through the digital world.
An alliance is an important symbol.
It is not a one-time solution and you will need to constantly update your Digital family alliance in response to changes in technology and your children’s development.
At Be in Touch, we believe that open communication is the best long-term solution to the digital dilemmas facing families today. Strict regulation of time and content might work in the short term, but often results in children searching for loopholes or hiding their digital behaviour. This sets up the next problem – when they are exposed to inappropriate or disturbing material, they can’t ask for the support and guidance they need. So – how to combine both approaches into the best combination, designed by your family, that will work for your family?
This checklist will take you through the basics of how to create a Digital Family Alliance with the inputs from your whole family.
Read through the Digital Family Alliance Guidelines first. Download the BiT Digital Family Alliance Guideline
Download the Digital Family Alliance for your family to sign BiT Digital Family Alliance
Download an editable Digital Family Alliance for you to customise for your own family editable Digital Family Alliance