Redefining Digital Resilience: Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe and Smart

Online Safety
By
Cyber Dive
Feb 7, 2022
6 min read

Many parents feel like their only option for keeping their kids safe online is to turn to app restrictions, screen time limits, and website blockers. News flash, these aren't long-term solutions and don't make for a very fun experience for your kids either. They just prolong the inevitable reality of them one day being exposed to the content you've worked so hard to shield them from.

So what can you do instead? Teach your children how to stay safe and make smart decisions online. One way to do this is by giving them the freedom to explore and teaching them how to be digitally resilient.

What is digital resilience?

The common definition of digital resilience is related to business operations protecting themselves from cyber attacks, data breaches, data theft, etc. So, why should you teach your kids how to be digitally resilient?

Digital Resilience in Kids

When it comes to kids, digital resilience is the ability to remain aware of the risks they face by being active online and understanding how to handle these situations at every stage. Kids need to know how to protect themselves from cyberbullying, predators, and other dangers.

In this blog post, we will discuss what digital resilience is and how you can help your children build their own digital resilience strategy!

1. Understand the risks.

The first step towards building digital resilience is understanding the risk involved when exploring online.

When your kids begin getting their own digital devices to search the internet, join social media, and download apps, it's crucial that you have a conversation about the potential dangers they may encounter. This will help them when leveraging digital capabilities to positively impact their everyday life!

Potential Dangers

Some online risks your child will face include coming in contact will an ill-intended stranger, having their privacy invaded, identity theft, being victimized by cyberbullies, or being exposed to mature content. Understanding that this can happen will increase their awareness and in turn, protect them from getting too deep into serious situations.

Being safe doesn't have to mean logging off.

While these risks most definitely exist and can happen to anyone, it's important not to let these risks scare you or your child from using technology. Many of us have been using social media and Google for years and could argue that the benefits of the internet most definitely outweigh the risks as long as you are aware and prepared to handle these situations.

2. Know where to turn for help.

The next step towards successfully teaching digital resilience is to ensure that your child knows what to do when they feel like they've gotten themselves into a potentially dangerous or negative situation online. This includes knowing which trusted adults they can turn to for help as well as what resources are available to them.

Why kids are hesitant to seek support.

There are many reasons children are hesitant to tell adults when they are in trouble or feel uncomfortable with something they saw online. When it comes to being bullied, they are often scared of getting the bully in trouble, fear that they will be blamed or punished, or are embarrassed.

If they have been in contact or are being groomed by a stranger, they may be being told to keep their relationship a secret, fear that the stranger will punish them if they told a parent, or don't understand that they are in danger.

Regardless of the situation, knowing that they have trusted adults to turn to and resources available to help can make all of the difference. Sometimes these dangerous situations can be hard to avoid but remind them that it is never too late to tell you if they feel unsafe.

3. Learn from past experiences.

Digital resilience sometimes is best taught by experiencing these situations themself. No one is perfect, and I can guarantee that the potential scary situations we talked about earlier will happen to someone you know. Reframing your child's mindset that they can turn mistakes into learning opportunities will help them develop into a responsible online citizen.

Develop new online habits.

By learning from their mistakes, they will be able to identify how they could act or think differently to avoid similar situations in the future. This shifted mindset can motivate your child to continue to educate themselves about online risks in an effort to become digitally resilient.

4. Recover and develop digital resilience.

While having the mindset to learn from their mistakes is helpful, it's often easier said than done. When things go wrong or your child has a negative online experience, sometimes recovering from it can be the hardest part. However, it is the most important when developing digital resilience.

After a negative online experience, a support system is crucial. Feeling like they are surrounded by people that have their best interest in mind and are there for them unconditionally will provide them the support they need during these tough times.

Create a positive environment.

Creating positive environments that rely on open communication will make your child more comfortable talking about any trauma they've experienced. This way, you can work with them to develop digital resilience strategies based on their past experiences.

Be prepared with resources.

Having the necessary resources will aid their journey to recover and develop digital resilience when these situations arise in the future. It will ensure that their positive outlook on life and how they approach technology are not tainted because of their previous experiences.

If anything, your child will come out stronger, smarter, and more aware of how they can use technology and keep themselves happy, healthy, and safe.

Benefits of digital resilience

Digital resilience shouldn't only be a focus when it comes to business operations, government organizations, and protecting companies from cyber threats. We believe digital resiliency in kids is equally important!

It's necessary to teach kids about digital resilience so that they can protect themselves from serious situations when using technology. We've outlined some steps for parents to follow in order to help their children be resilient online, including knowing when they are at risk, understanding who to turn to for support, learning from their experiences, and being able to recover from any negative experiences.

Using Aqua One to teach digital resilience.

Cyber Dive created Aqua One so that parents could introduce their children to the world of social media and technology while feeling confident that they have the insight they need to guide them in the right direction. Operating like a normal Android smartphone, your child has full access to Google Chrome and the Google Play Store, giving them the ability to surf the web and download any app. They can also add contacts, text with friends, and make phone calls without any enforced parental controls.

So, how can you ensure they are making smart and safe decisions with Aqua One?

Monitor All App Activity

With unlimited access to all app activity, you can stay informed about the connections they are making online, the content they are posting, the videos they spend hours watching, the topics they are searching the internet for, and so much more. You have access to any updated list of every app they have downloaded on their Aqua One. Each time they open an app, you can see every action taken. No app is off-limits when it comes to your monitoring access.

Catch Red Flags

You can easily catch red flags using the Alerts feature which detects any potentially dangerous language or content that your child has interacted with. This way, you can intervene if you feel like they may be at risk before it's too late.

Check on their Mental Health

You can consistently check in on their emotional wellbeing with Aqua One exclusive Mental Health Check feature, providing you real-time access to their responses along with relevant psychology-backed recommendations.

To learn more about Aqua One’s monitoring capabilities, read here.

It's never too late to get started!

Whether they've had their own smartphone for years, or are just dipping their toes in the world of social media and virtual connection, teaching these healthy habits will positively impact their online experience. Digital resilience will help your child become better equipped to handle difficult situations and become a responsible online citizen!

Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desiree Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com
Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desire Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com

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