Roles of Parents and Caregivers as Digital Mentors

by Sinan Aşçı

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in guiding young people’s digital literacy journey,  specifically Internet ethics and responsible online behaviour. By embracing their roles as digital mentors, parents and caregivers can create a positive and safe online environment for young people, while instilling the essential skills, practises, thoughts and understanding for the digital age.

Open Communication: Creating a safe space for young people to ask questions and share their online experiences by teaching them about honest conversations and exchanges.

Be a Role Model: Demonstrating ethical online behaviour yourself, as young people often learn by observing.

Set Boundaries: Establishing rules for screen time and content access. Explaining the reasons behind these rules to help young people understand.

Explore Together: Discovering the Internet together and encouraging exploration within safe platforms. This helps build trust and understanding.

Empower Decision-Making: Teaching young people to assess online situations and make informed decisions on how they react. Discussing scenarios that involve ethical dilemmas.

Online Resources: Introducing them to age-appropriate resources and games that teach Internet ethics in a fun and interactive way.