Children have the knowledge but we have the wisdom
“The trouble is that although as adults we instinctively know how to protect our children offline, we often assume that their greater technological expertise will ensure they can look after themselves online. But knowledge is not the same as wisdom.” Tanya Byron 2008
Knowledge is not the same as wisdom and this is where we come in.
Children left to navigate a solo path through the real or virtual world will face many dangers. Therefore, children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe off and online.
Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks, just as we did when we were kids. We had to learn to judge the risks we took without being harmed. The twenty first century brings digital risks we never encountered as children but just because our children are knowledgeable we still need to help them to develop their critical evaluation skills – the ability to judge when something is good, bad, makes us feel uncomfortable and act upon it when needed by telling someone.
So when we see something online that’s a good idea we should say it is and equally when it’s not. Open up discussions with your children using examples and talk about why it’s good or bad. Always include what to do about it if they come across the bad.