Parents across the country are worried about their kids. In today’s digital age, our children are being exposed to technology from birth (I don’t know about you, but I was on Twitter at night while breastfeeding). Learning the boundaries of acceptable online behavior isn’t just new to our kids, it requires a whole new set of parenting skills for us.
While we standby, our kids are playing Fortnight, an online game with a real-time community, where users of all ages can shout who knows what at your kids, and your kids can shout right back.
Bullying is no longer relegated to the playground.
The online world limits face to face interactions, and therefore human emotions. Kids can simply torment their peers online without remorse. Children are being ostracized behind their backs, and some aren’t even aware it’s happening before it is too late. The #metoo movement has become a joke to some in the next generation; groups of tweens and teens who haven’t experienced the harsh realities of gender inequality, or who want to remain detached and “cool” so they go along with the crowd.
It’s time to start a dialogue, and not just in Facebook groups, but in person. It all starts with us. We need to show our children that real human interactions and change happens in the world when we come together.
On the last Sunday in October, we will be gathering in North Bethesda, just outside of Washington, DC.
Summer House Santa Monica, Pike & Rose, 11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
October 28, 2018 at 10am-12pm
12 mothers living in the DC-metro area
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but prevention starts with education at home. When parents teach their kids to be kinder, digital citizens, and exemplify that themselves, children are more likely to make better choices when interacting with their peers in person and online. After all, no matter where you say it, your words effect the person behind that screen.
Sit down for a fabulous brunch with like-minded women with grade schoolers, tweens and teens, who believe that raising smart, alert, strong, kind and brave children will translate to a more positive Internet experience. We will dive into the ways we can help our children become better digital citizens, as well as the tools available to us, including Be Internet Awesome, Google’s free multifaceted program that offers teacher curriculum and a family guide (coming soon).