What values can parents instill in their children as they navigate and explore the internet and social media?
Children in their formative years are dependent on their parents in almost every way possible. Our kids look to parents to feed them, to shelter them, to clothe them, sometimes even to protect them when necessary.
Helping children to develop responsibility, honesty and respect is usually considered just as important as teaching reading or comprehension skills. There are lots of great values to teach your child, which can help them to avoid peer pressure or the temptation to conform to consumer culture’s demands.
What is a value? Value is the amount of worth ascribed to something, the degree to which something is prized or has merit. Values are the beliefs that each person considers are important for himself and possibly for humanity as a whole. Values are very important in parenting since they deeply influence all behaviors and attitudes and effect our decisions and relationships.
Understanding the concept of values and the importance of teaching them to their children gives parents a powerful way to influence their children and to shield them from the adverse forces they may encounter in the outside world.
One of the ways we instill value systems in society and in the family set-up is through religion. It is with this in mind that Nairobi Chapel http://nairobichapel.net/ invited Simba-Safe Kenya to facilitate a session on Children and Social Media during the Strong Families Parenting Seminar on 26 November 2016.
Today’s parents are raising digital natives and are often wondering how to keep up with the effects of technology & social media on their children. In an effort to bridge the technological gap between parents and teachers; this workshop was designed to pair value systems and practical tips on online safety considerations for the family.
Edward Buri, the Youth Director at PCEA St. Andrew’s Church Nairobi http://www.pceastandrews.org/site/edward-buri/ had a very strong message – “When it comes to raising children in the social media world, it is not a matter of WHEN to engage; but HOW to engage”.
Edward Buri gave 4 important values that parents can instill in their children as they navigate and explore the internet and social media:
- Discernment – Ability to judge well even when on their own.
- Self Confidence – Confidence that comes from within a child will surpass their need for approval from social media.
- Moderation – Balance of study, chores, and family and friends time with internet/screen time avoids addiction.
- Creativity – The best way to teach children competence is to encourage them to pursue a craft or art that they can become good at. Don’t limit their options, but rather allow them to explore.
Maryana Munyendo of Simba-Safe Kenya took the parents through a session on the basics on child online protection and safety. The session discussed the types of crime that children are exposed to in cyberspace and highlighted the role that parents, guardians and teachers need to play to protect children in cyberspace. The discussion provided avenues of redress within Kenya should families encounter cybercrime.
Click here to download a copy of the booklet titled “A Guide to Online Protection”.http://www.ca.go.ke/childonlineprotection/images/docs/COP%20Booklet.pdf
Our deepest gratitude to Bella Mburu (Pastor –Children Ministry) & the Nairobi Chapel Community for the invitation to share and learn; and for the wonderful gift of a performance CD “Amezaliwa” by the wonderful children of Quest – Nairobi Chapel.This Kenyan Christmas Carol by the talented children will “get you dancing and feeling Christmassy!” Get it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1179536590?ls=1&app=itunes