Recently I was contacted by a researcher from the Digital coach company Xooloo asking for my thoughts on their article after they came across the first Tom Talks here at SpiceUKOnline; Tom Talks: Is Technology Taking Over?.
Xooloo is a Digital Coach that aims to educate and empower young children, pre-teens and parents regarding the safe use of technology and their most recent article on the website discuss the importance of parents keeping their children safe online, and I completely agree with the method it suggests.
In my first Tom Talks, I resurfaced and commented on the controversial topic of the necessity of technology in today’s modern era:
“In my opinion, it is both necessary and acceptable to spend so much time online in the world we live today. Life has progressed. Just like an app, it’s been updated; Life 2.0 shall we say. It won’t stop here either, so we may as well enjoy the new features” is what I said.
But there is a quieter side to the story, one I didn’t really give much thought to at the time. While we young folk are off on our virtual adventures, we seem to be leaving some people behind, parents for example, and they are struggling to keep in check with us, so I can’t imagine how lost parents of the younger generation are feeling.
Online safety is a priority, always, and there is a whole new generation of children growing up who are even more deeply embedded within the world of tech and who are always one step ahead of their parents or guardians, so how can they be taught to stay safe online and with modern tech?.
This Xooloo article gives advice to the parents and the guardians specifically. It equips them with the knowledge of how to keep their child safe online;
“The key is to know which apps your child is using. Once you have that information, you can familiarize yourself with these platforms and how they are used. Sign up for an account, discover first-hand how these platforms are being used by kids”
The article promotes the idea that by doing this “you can open a line of communication with your child and educate them on best practices when using the app. You can also discuss the possibility of not using certain apps if you feel they aren’t appropriate.” And to me, this is fantastic, it is another, clear way to get closer to your child, to get more involved with their life without stepping on their toes and it also empowers the young person to be able to use the tech confidently.
In my opinion, it is a tip that should be spread around the world and splattered on every wall! Tech is enhancing the world, but we need to make sure that everyone has the access required to join the train and the know how to keep safe while on it.
Do you think that the young and older generation have been left out of the digital age? What can be done to improve this? Have your say in the comments section below!