Every parent’s dream is to raise a morally-upright child. A child who respects his or her fellow citizen to help the world become a better place. However, the world, as we know it, isn’t confined to a physical space; it expanded into the “digital realm”. It’s an exciting and wonderful space for communicating, learning, and entertainment. The Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives. Raising our kids to become good digital citizens is vital to their personal development. They’ve become deeply immersed in cyberspace and yet, they lack digital literacy. Raising these digital natives without proper guidance can be a cyber parenting nightmare.

Digital citizenship is one of the pillars of online safety. As parents, we need to teach our children to become good online citizens. It’s necessary skill which will help them collaborate and communicate responsibly with fellow netizens. Since they’re already online and living most of their waking hour on the Internet, here are some of the reasons why digital citizenship matters today.

The best deterrent against cyber-bullying

Online harassment such as cyber-bullying has been a digital parenting concern. According to a feature published by the Anti-Bullying Pro, 35% of young children are worried about being bullied in school. The impact of bullying is carried into adulthood, which could lead to mental health issues or a serious illness. Educating our kids about digital citizenship is the best deterrent against cyber-bullying. They need to be aware of their actions online and how it can affect others.

Train kids to become critical online thinkers

The Internet is the best source of information and parents need to guide their children while searching for it. One critical aspect of digital citizenship is information search and analysis. Teach your child how to look for credible sources online and to filter unnecessary information. Kids need to learn how to be critical thinkers online. They need to exercise caution when reading content, posting comments on social media, and sharing them online. Both parents and educators can work hand-in-hand in helping their children choose between authentic and unreliable sources of information.

Teaches children the value of a positive online profile

Today, people are judged based on their online profiles. Most companies, headhunting agencies, and colleges check a candidate’s social media profile. It’s crucial for children to learn how to create a positive online profile. Parents can help guide their children on how to create a positive construction of themselves online. This will also protect them against possible cyber threats and teach them the value of an impressive digital profile on the Internet.

Kids understand technology more than their parents do

Our kids have a better understanding of technology than we do. They’ve embraced it’s potential and know how to go about it. However, their unrestricted and unsupervised use of technology lets them use it without examining the consequences of their actions. Parents need to show their children that their digital and real lives are interconnected. They need to understand the risks of their actions and the Internet’s public nature. Help your child understand how powerful technology and the responsibilities that come with it.

Teaching digital citizenship at a young age helps train your child to become a future Digital Leader. Encourage them to help their fellow netizens reach their goals or friends who are making poor online sources. In time, your child will master the safest security techniques for the technologies he or she is using. Learn more about these online security techniques. Subscribe to MomSecure today!