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11-13 Years

In this section of the toolkit, one can find resources specifically for tweens between the ages of  11 and 13, covering topics such as cyberbullying, social media safety, and protecting sensitive information online. Our resources are designed to be easy to use for parents who might find it difficult in the technological world. 

quick tips

Establish Trust

  • Build a foundation of trust by creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment where children feel safe discussing their online experiences.

Encourage Open Communication

  • Initiate regular conversations about online safety, inviting your child to share their online activities, concerns, or any uncomfortable situations they might have encountered.

Active Listening

  • Listen attentively and empathetically to your child's experiences without interrupting or jumping to conclusions. Validate their feelings and experiences to encourage further sharing.

Avoid Judgment

  • Refrain from reacting negatively or being judgmental about your child's online activities. Instead, focus on guiding and supporting them in navigating the digital world.

Educate Without Scare Tactics

  • Provide information about online risks and safety measures without using fear-based tactics. Foster a balanced understanding of potential dangers and empowerment through knowledge.

Set Clear Expectations

  • Establish clear guidelines and rules for online behavior. Clearly communicate the boundaries and consequences associated with online activities.

Be Approachable

  • Ensure your child knows they can approach you without fear of punishment or criticism if they encounter any issues or need guidance regarding online safety.

Use Real-Life Examples

  • Use real-life scenarios or stories about online safety to illustrate the importance of certain behaviors or precautions without pointing fingers.

Involve Them in Decision-Making

  • Engage your child in discussions about setting up privacy settings, choosing appropriate content, and deciding on safe online practices. Encourage their input and involve them in decision-making.

Regular Check-Ins

  • Schedule regular check-ins to discuss any changes in online habits, new apps or websites they're exploring, and to ensure they feel comfortable seeking advice whenever needed.

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