Critical Thinking Parenting Tips
By DQ Team 12/11/2018 Topics: Critical Thinking, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’ Handbook “Ever reached out to comfort a friend after seeing a distressed Facebook or Instagram post only to learn they’ve posted sarcastically? Online, so many of our interactions are at the mercy of Poe’s Law: that without some form of emoticon or display of humour, it is difficult to know if someone is being serious or satirical. Nonetheless, our ability to understand messages that we receive online has never been more important: we’ve become so reliant on tidbits of information and messages transmitted and received through our smart devices. Be they missives exchanged with friends or family, networking opportunities with potential co-workers, or sites that we peruse for information, entertainment, or news. At the same time, the media that we consume is increasingly multimodal – ranging from texts (messages, comments, status updates, blogposts); to⋯2019.01.24
How can I get started on securing my digital devices?
How can we manage our online reputations?
By DQ Team 07/19/2018 Topics: Digital Footprint Management, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’Handbook “It is difficult, if not impossible, to exist in today’s society without leaving digital traces. Online click data, credit card transactions, emails, and social media content such as status updates, photos and messages are all collected and maintained in a wide variety of places, under the control of a wide variety of entities, and stored for indefinite periods of time.” In our previous post on privacy management, we addressed different measures that your family can take to care for your personal information online. Unsurprisingly, managing your personal information and managing your digital footprints – the trial of information that you leave while online – are two sides of the same coin. This month, we’re addressing digital footprint management skills and the steps that we can take to manage both our passive and active⋯2018.07.19
How can I teach my child to become a Digital Global Citizen?
By DQ Team 06/25/2018 Topics: Digital Citizen Identity, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’Handbook Every moment that we spend online, we’re in a space that compresses the distance between ourselves and people of different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths. Yet, even now, only a little over half the world’s population is online. Over the next few years, as internet connectivity spreads, the plethora of cultures that we may encounter online increases in tandem. Since the turn of the millenium, the term ‘Global Citizen’ has gained traction – both in academia and in popular culture. According to the U.S. FUND for UNICEF, “a global citizen is someone who understands interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge injustice and takes action in personally meaningful ways.” With so many of our experiences now mediated online, what new norms, etiquettes, and behaviours should we come to expect from⋯2018.06.25
How can I talk to my child about Cyberbullying?
By DQ Team 05/22/2018 Topics: Screen Time Management, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’Handbook “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me. Bones mend and become actually stronger in the very place they were broken and where they have knitted up; mental wounds can grind and ooze for decades and be re-opened by the quietest whisper.” – Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot While bullying at school continues to be a global issue, in recent years scholars have been quick to point to the rising issue of cyberbullying: “any behaviour performed through electronic or digital media by individuals or groups that repeatedly communicate hostile or aggressive messages intended to inflict harm on others”1. Research on the issue supports observations that cyberbullying has become a worldwide phenomenon that needs to be addressed2. In our own research across 30 countries, we found that⋯2018.05.16
What’s wrong with sharing pictures of my child on Facebook?
By DQ Team 04/30/2018 Topics: Privacy Management, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’Handbook2018.04.25
Is my child on YouTube too much?
By DQ Team 03/23/2018 Topics: Screen Time Management, Parenting Tips, DQ TOP Rules, DQ Parents’Handbook Have you ever wondered if your daughter may be spending too much time in front of her iPad? Or, have you noticed that your son gets a little too distracted by YouTube while he’s supposed to be finishing his homework? Perhaps you’ve heard about the debate around screen time and found yourself wondering, “Is this really something I need to be concerned about?” Don’t fret, you’re definitely not alone. As more games and services get mediated through online platforms, our digital devices are increasingly offering us a myriad of opportunities – from playing games, to reading books, to connecting with our friends and family; it is unsurprising to find ourselves constantly glancing at our screens and racking up our “screen time”. Not just among adults, children have been increasingly⋯2018.03.22
Understanding Your Internet Parenting Style and How It Affects Your Parental Mediation
Did you know that understanding the type of internet parenting style you have can affect how you interact with your child? Researchers have defined the four types of parenting styles, which can be applied to digital parenting. The four types are Permissive, Neglectful, Authoritarian, and Authoritative. Of these four types, Authoritative internet parenting style is associated with higher levels of mental health, self-esteem, academic performance, lower levels of child Internet use, and lesser instances of cyberbullying perpetration. The Four Internet Parenting Styles Permissive Internet Parenting Style Do any of these statements sound like you? 1. I set rules for my child’s internet usage, but I rarely enforce them 2. I think my child will learn best with little interference from me Parents who allow their child total freedom and do not establish rules around Internet use are said to have a Permissive Internet Parenting Style. These caregivers tend to⋯2018.03.09
Helplines for Children Facing Cyber-Risks
If your child is dealing with any cyber-risks or specific cyber wellness issues, the following are local helplines to help them. Please visit their sites or contact them for more information. TOUCH Cyber Wellness Helpline Website: www.touchcyberwellness.org Helpline: 1800 377 2252 Help123 Website: help123.sg Helpline: 1800 6123 123 Fei Yue Community Services Website: http://www.fycs.org National Addictions Management Service Website: https://www.nams.sg Helpline: 6-RECOVER (6-7326837)2018.02.05