Why Parents Should Be Having Tough Conversations With Their Children

Modern Parenting Tips
By
Cyber Dive
Nov 2, 2021
4 min read

Nearly everything we do in life is now connected to the internet: shopping, working, playing and learning, some might say it's become human nature. But as we become more and more wired, so does our exposure to all sorts of content online. It’s not just viruses and malware that you need to be worried about; it’s also things like bullying or sexual exploitation. And these threats can come from anywhere – even trusted sources in a person's life.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a computer expert or an IT specialist to keep your young children safe online. All parents should take the time with their kids (starting at the earliest possible age!) to initiate difficult conversations about what they may be exposed to online. The ideal outcome is that you will continue to build relationships within your family and tackle these difficult issues in a productive way.

How to keep your kids well-informed.

Being a parent means you are responsible for raising a well-informed individual. As they continue to grow up, it's important to have crucial conversations with your kids about all kinds of things, including sensitive subjects like sex, drug abuse, online pornography, violence, bullying, mental health disorders, trafficking, etc.

Before the internet, it was easier to control when a kid would encounter these types of more serious topics, and parents were able to decide when they felt it was the appropriate time to teach their children about them. However, with social media and the bottomless pit that is Google, kids are being exposed to a whole range of content earlier and oftentimes, not on purpose. This is why parents need to take a proactive approach and talk with their kids about these difficult subjects, especially if they are exploring social media because it could make all the difference for their online experience.

Having these difficult conversations with your kids removes the uncomfortable stigma and makes them more inclined to talk with you about similar topics in the future. It may not be easy for you to initiate the conversation, but it's necessary if you want them to grow up safe and well informed.

Benefits of having open communication with your kids.

As a parent, having deep conversations with your kids helps you and them learn more about what they are thinking and feeling. You are responsible for making sure your children know they can always come to you with their problems.

You have the absolute right to know what your children are doing in the virtual world. As an involved parent, you should remain informed about any dangers they might face so that you can provide the necessary support and guidance. When they come to you with questions or concerns about something they saw online, you are prepared to have these conversations.

If your child is having a tough time with something online, don't ignore it.  Ask questions and help them find ways to deal with the situation. Every child is different and therefore deals with things in their own unique way. It's not your job to figure out their problems completely but to create a safe place where they can openly communicate with you.

It's important to have open communication with your kids because it helps them feel better about themselves, which in turn makes you feel better because you know that they are able to handle things that come their way.

Remember, you are their rock when they aren't able to stand on their own two feet. Giving them advice when they need it, being their conversation partner or just listening is all that's necessary.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for how to talk to your child about difficult topics:

  • Make sure they are comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with you when something happens, no matter what the problem might be.
  • Don't make assumptions without talking about it because it might make the problem worse. If you suspect something else might be going on, don't ignore that either.
  • Find a good time to talk. Children are more open to difficult subjects when they are in a comfortable environment, so make sure to wait until you're both in a calm mindset before opting for a deep conversation.
  • Be honest and open up about your own mistakes. You can then use these to inspire discussion or let your kid know that you’ve been there too. This shows that you're capable of having a better understanding of what they're experiencing.
  • Ask open-ended questions. Try not to give one-word responses, but rather ask questions that allow them to talk about what they think or feel about the topic.

Parents should always be thinking about how to keep their children safe online. By having open communication with your children, you can have a difficult conversation in a way that is comfortable for them and yourself. These tough conversations will ultimately strengthen your bond and create a more transparent relationship between you and your child. Happy parenting!

"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
"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
"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
"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 Vamp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
"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
"[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
“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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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 Vamp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
"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
"[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
“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
“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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