Few scenes seem as nice to us as a child reproaching their parents for trying to cross a red light, and it seems so because they are the demonstration of a small, but important, educational achievement: our children learn not to cross in red and they internalize efficiently. Can we get them to detect malicious email (it’s just an example of a basic Internet security standard) and act against it effectively? Yes, it can be achieved, and for this it is necessary that parents have the knowledge and a concern similar to that of the traffic light to carry out this small and necessary educational effort.
The basic safety rules on the Internet are not many, nor complicated, but it is necessary to make an effort to inform and subsequently apply rules that adults must make their own before pretending that their children apply them. So the first question to ask is what should I know as a parent?
The portal protelesales.com can be a good starting point in the personal information and training process for parents in the different aspects of child and adolescent safety on the Internet. PROTEGELES is the Spanish member of the INHOPE organization, an organization funded by the European Union through its multi-annual program on the protection of children in the use of the Internet and other communication technologies “Safer Internet Plus Program”. It works on illegal content on the internet, mainly child pornography, and information and reporting lines, and on its website we find information and resources that will allow us to focus on the problem. Links to resources as varied as the Phonbies project that with a cinematographic aesthetic presents us with the problem of viruses on mobile devices or on cyberfamily websites , they are completed with guides, brochures and a wide range of materials.
Another portal that offers us a complete overview and a wide range of materials is the “Friendly Screens” initiative , supported by EDEX, an NGO dedicated to promoting the positive development of children and adolescents. PantallasAmigas seeks to promote the safe and healthy use of new technologies and the promotion of responsible digital citizenship in childhood and adolescence. It has a help section for parents, which allows you to ask questions or share experiences.
CHAVALES is an initiative of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and for the Information Society, launched by Red.es. This project tries to cover the digital gap between parents and educators and minors in the use of information technologies. They aim to promote the use of technologies, but also to warn and train in the risks that their use involves. A complete resource search engine and a content download area with a comfortable division by categories that include manuals that address in depth the different topics, didactic resources for educators, games and didactic resources for parents, use cases, etc.
These learnings do not differ from those required in any other field of social interaction, since they are only an extension to digital spaces of the responsibilities and norms of social life. Therefore, informed and trained parents must apply their own educational methods and philosophy of life. But since this is a technology blog, it is worth noting that the book by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is available in an eBook.
Discipline without tears, a very sensible text that can help us put in order our ideas on how to achieve the necessary acceptance by our children of the impositions and limitations that the responsible use of the Internet undoubtedly brings and the social possibilities that it brings us .
It should be noted that the TECHNOLOGICAL Guarantees of mgs seguros, included in the Home and Automobile products, allow access to an orientation service on the prevention of minors on the Internet where, if you have this extension of your guarantee, they can provide you with links that include informative content of the existing risks for the minor on the Internet, together with recommended guidelines for action; assist in the selection, installation and use of the computer support tools for parental control available in the market and will be able to inform you about the existing aid organizations and associations in the event of an incident involving the minor on the Internet.