Best Practice: Teaching Kids To Make Good Choices Online
Recently—and not for the first time—YouTube Kids has come under scrutiny because children have stumbled onto disturbing content ranging from sexualization and cannibalism to violence and even suicide. As parents, our first instinct might be to remove the app completely and restrict our kids’ online environment even more—after all, if a network created specifically for children isn’t safe, what is? Instead, take a breath (or 10, if you need it) and turn the situation into a learning experience. Talk regularly with your kids about their favorite shows and apps. Teach them how to tell the difference between quality content and something meant to be sensationalist clickbait. Let them know that it’s OK to be upset if they watch or read something disturbing and that they should report it to you right away.