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Robert and Carole Hart-Fletcher were invited by the Family Online Safety Institute to write about their wrk with their Kids and Media charity, which is dedicated to helping parents and children benefit from digital media.
Robert writes, "A great deal of time and money has been dedicated to helping teachers and children in schools to safely reap the benefits of digital media. At school, children have the benefit of a guiding adult and when online they have the back-up protection of the network firewall, with white lists and black lists of websites they can and can't visit. Their digital diet is carefully controlled and selected for age-appropriateness, learning and social value. But children's greatest use of digital media is in the home, in the family, where in many cases supervision and guidance are sadly missing."
Many parents do not have a clue what media their children are seeing and know nothing about their children's experience and behaviour online.
Let's look at the enormous challenges that parents now face, and consider their awareness of the dangers of online media and their knowledge of their children's media consumption and online behaviour.