Home Education & Learning How ready is your child for the digital world?

How ready is your child for the digital world?

by Tania Griffin

The sad reality is that children are being exposed to the digital world from a young age. But what are we doing to show them the right way to surf the net, know their rights and how to handle situations in which they may find themselves? We can monitor their online behaviour and try being online 24/7, but ensuring a child is aware of the threats, comfortable to communicate and empowered with knowledge, the more likely they are to steer away from dangerous situations.

Social Kids South Africa is an Internet safety course program designed to guide and protect children under 11 years of age through their online world. The digital adventure, featuring Codey Crawler, is essential training that children need in order to ensure they know what information they should share online, how to protect their privacy, understand how an algorithm works, when to change their colours, and how to deal with cyberbullies. We show them what are good manners online, how to spot fake news, and ensure the site they are on is secure.

Don’t let your child learn from their peers or through trial and error. Codey Crawler can show children how to be safe when they go online. If your child is playing games on a phone or watching YouTube, they are vulnerable to master manipulators online.

There are five adventure levels, each ending in an activity that must be submitted to earn a digital badge. After all seven badges have been awarded, they will receive a print-at-home personalised certificate of achievement and picture frame to proudly display their Global Surfer Confidence.

Parents have access to in-depth parent guides; these were created to add value to parents: showing them step by step how to protect their privacy, educating them on the best ways to set boundaries from a young age, and improving their relationships as they grow and learn online. The program can be taken together or via a jump-in jump-out online class every weekday afternoon.

UNICEF has identified communication as the number-one pillar to fight against abuse and violence online. A scary 70% of children do not share what they are exposed to. Codey will show children from a young age that nothing is too embarrassing to share, and encourage the journey to get taken together with their parents or guardians. The adventure drives a circle of trust mentality to ensure children have their support system in place and are comfortable sharing their online experiences with loved ones.

Dr Ken Resnick, educational psychologist and founder of SmartChoice Parenting, reiterates the essential role that parents must play in protecting their children before they are let loose on the Internet with no appropriate social interaction and guidance.

Cheryl and Bryan Barnett developed this program to protect their son. “We have seen how fast this digital world is changing and how our children are being exposed to this world, with little to no guidance. With the focus only coming into place after they are well into their teens, the bad habits have already been formed. Hence, our focus is on the younger generation. Together, we can be the difference in their teens.”

Join Codey Crawler and his friends for a once-off price of R425 (normal price R500) to access to all five adventures and parental guides.

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