Tip 4: Be a Role Model

TIP 4: Consider your personal digital behaviour and work at becoming a good role model.

An effective tool for influencing the relationship that the children in your household have with technology and the internet is to lead by example. Children model their behaviour from observing the actions of parents, friends and teachers so reassessing your personal use of technology can be a valuable tool in creating a safe and healthy environment. Taking the “do as I say, not as I do” approach might affect short-term behaviour but it is your behaviour more than anything which will shape your children’s attitudes towards technology.

Conversation starters to help you discuss this with your children:

  • What do you think about how much time I spend using my phone or computer?
  • What suggestions could you give me about how I could use technology responsibly?