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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Teach your kids how to think and act responsibly online

We, as parents know that internet can be bad for our kids's overall health. We should at least set aside some time for them to be online. Knowing what dangers lurk and how to safeguard against them.

Being with our children 24/7 does not guarantee being able to monitor all their activities, especially online. As they grow older, it is important for them to know how to use the internet safely and responsibly, especially when they’re on their own.


Here are some tips that can help parents and guardians in teaching digital responsibility to kids: 


Teach them to think and act responsibly online
The Golden Rule applies in the digital world. Teach kids that if it’s something they wouldn’t say or do to someone in person, then it is not proper in the online space as well. 


Protect passwords
Teach kids to safeguard their personal information.  Create a strong and unique password. R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$. Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays. Use different passwords for multiple sites.


Avoid sharing personally identifiable information (PII)
Personally identifiable information or PII pertains to information that can reveal someone’s identity which may violate a person’s privacy. Examples of PII include names, birthdays, addresses, and phone numbers among others. Help  kids understand the importance of protecting their PII and not sharing it on social media. Teach them as well to respect the privacy of friends and family online by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures.


Beware of dangerous sites and scammers 
Make sure children avoid downloading from file-sharing websites and don’t accept files or open email attachments from unknown people. Using antivirus softwares is also helpful, but be sure to update it regularly. 


Exercise critical thinking
Help young ones learn how to verify information on social media by simply checking other sources or Google Search. For children who use online resources for homework or research requirements, make sure they understand that cutting and pasting content directly from a website may be considered as plagiarism, especially if without citation. 


Know where children go online
It is advisable to supervise younger children when they use the internet and tools such as Family Link can help. For older children, it is a must to have an open and healthy discussion about internet use--what is appropriate for them and not. It is important that they understand these boundaries. Parents and guardians may also set rules like scheduling online time and putting gadgets aside during meal or family hours. 


Watch the first episode of Google and Mommy Mundo’s #InternetAwesomeParents webinar series to learn more about “Teaching your kids to be better netizens”. Tune in to the upcoming episodes “Ensuring your kids safety online,” on September 22 and “Setting boundaries with technology for your kids” on September 29, both at 8:00 PM.


Catch the streams on Google Philippines’ YouTube channel and Facebook page



  1. As a parent,we must know what it takes to be,how it works, positively and awesome. I myself really need this ,for me to be able to know more information, regarding my kids upbringing

  2. This is very important matter to tackle nowadays,.it is very useful webinar too so parents will know know how to guide their kids on how how to be responsible and smart in using social media to prevent themselves from being a victim of social media abuse.

  3. This is very helpful blog.
    Thank you for sharing.
    This tips that can help parents and guardians in teaching digital responsibility to kids is very important that every parents should know.
    Personally I've been trying to figure out on how to become more aware in guarding my kids in online world.

  4. Thank you for sharing this po , very helpful po tlga ito sa mga kagaya kong parent na , para mas marami pa akong matutunan lalo na para sa kids ko 😍❣️

  5. These are really helpful especially nowadays that most children are online. We should be responsible too and teach them the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using internet.

  6. Thankyou for sharing this important information. Mahalaga po na malaman namin ito sa mga katulad kong Magulang na. Kapaki pakinabang po Talaga itong Webinar na ito para magabayan papo namin ng husto ang aming mga anak ..Very informative blog..

  7. Thanks for sharing this po Napakahalaga talaga na maging responsible ang mga kids sa pag gamit ng internet lalo na sa panahon ngayon mas tutok sila on gadgets and they are having their online class kaya dapat we teach them how to be responsible sa pag gamit ng internet and bilang nakakatanda po I always guide my siblings po


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