Is Your Child Ready?
Smartphones, the internet and digital media are powerful tools but they need to be used safely. Whether it is a new phone, tablet or just a new app - how can you tell if your child is ready?
As with any child safety issue - it all starts with a conversation. Given the pace of change in technology it may not be easy, but it is a conversation that needs to be had.
QuizMyTween is an award winning app that gives you the information you need to have the "talk" about online safety with your child. It uses several quizzes based on real life scenarios to assess your child's awareness and provides you scores on each type of risk they may face online. Use these scores to focus your conversation and reinforce the right behavior.
- Safety tips on how to reduce risks online
- Quizzes covering all key digital literacy competencies
- Scenarios based on realistic day-to-day situations
- Individualized scores to help manage your conversation
- Randomized Questions and Answers makes each Quiz unique
How does it work?
- Assess: Quiz Your Tween
As a parent you know each child has different needs. Whether it is an 8-year old using his parent's smartphone to watch videos or a 14 year old using her laptop for a school project, the App has several quizzes that are based on everyday scenarios that a child may experience online. Have your child take the quizzes - the more they complete, the more accurate the assessment of each of the top 5 risk categories relating to online safety.
- Engage: Review the Scores:
In the Scores section, the app will display a result for each of the key risk types - areas that are important for their digital literacy. You can then review your child's scores, the same way you would any report card. These scores will help guide you have the conversation with your child.
- Educate: Nurture Responsible Use
For areas with below average scores, ask your child to taken specific quizzes again and review the safety tips where their answers are incorrect. Each quiz can be taken many times because the app makes sure the questions and responses are ordered randomly every time. The safety tips are contextual and help deal with the specific issue based on each question. But a parent's job is never done, especially when it comes to safety. You need to reinforce your message by rewarding and recognizing safe & responsible online behavior. Whether it's downloading a popular app or even giving them their own phone, use these opportunities to reward your child's responsible behavior.
What risks are assessed?
The roles and responsibilities of digital citizen involves many different competencies. Whether it is at school, or at home, when playing a game online or posting on their social media account - they are exposed to various types of risks & issues. We have classified these risks into the following types to help focus your conversation:
- Online Reputation -
What your child posts on the internet will follow them for a
lifetime...whether it is in their college application or their first
job. The posts and pictures, of themselves and others, can remain on the
internet for a lifetime - do they know what is appropriate to share?
- Psychological Safety - This relates to the dangers of inappropriate exposures or mental anguish. For example, dealing with pornography and inappropriate content online as well as dealing with cyber bullies - does your child know what to do?
- Physical Safety - Safety from physical harm to themselves and others. For example, is your child aware of how to deal with online predators? Can they tell when they are being stalked online?
- Identity & Property Safety - Safety from theft of identity & property. Can their private information be misused? Do they know what a virus can do to their phone or laptop? Do they know how to choose a strong password how to safeguard their data??
- Legal Safety - Safety from unwanted legal consequences. For example, when is it safe to share files online? How can you safely use the content and information available on the internet?
"Knowledge is an antidote to fear."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson