09 Jan 2012
The internet and mobile phones have completely changed our world.
The benefits of communication technology are immense. It's important for parents to recognise its role in children's lives. They've been born into the age of technology and it will be their future. Using it confidently is already second nature to many of them.
However, this doesn't mean they know how to use it safely. Your job as a parent is to keep them out of harm's way as they learn. You don't have to be an expert. Knowing where to find things out and get help is what's important. Knowledge, supervision and guidance are the best protection as well as having agreements about use, both at home and away from home. It's also important to set a good example.
For more information, have a look at the topic 'Cyber safety'.