While we normally focus on preparing our children to handle the physical world, equally as important is equipping them with the right tools and mindset to handle the digital world. Author Richard Culatta in his new book, Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World, writes that events that take place online have no less meaning to a child’s development than one taking place in real life. As less technologically native than young people, parents have a tendency to dismiss what they do online as frivolous but it can have serious implications. Culatta argues that with no “expectation for acceptable behavior and near-complete anonymity, we have created an environment that is optimized for self-destruction”. Maintaining a reasonable and balanced dialogue with a child is key to ensuring their relationship with technology.
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