Tip 2: Responsible Behaviour

TIP 2: Work together with your child to discuss responsible online behaviour, appropriate websites and applications.

Decide together exactly what is okay and what is not okay to do online. Highlight the chat rooms and forums that are appropriate for children to participate in such as monitored chat rooms. Make sure your children avoid “.alt” chat rooms, which focus on alternative topics that may be inappropriate for young people.

At the same time, discuss the kinds of things your children can discuss online and the language that is considered inappropriate.

Conversation starters to help you discuss this with your children:

  • Tell me how important is it for you to be online? What kind of activities do you want to do?
  • What would you do if you came across material that disturbed you or made you feel upset or angry?
  • Can we talk about a few things I do to stop unwanted or inappropriate content?