It seems schools are now teaching children “netiquette”. A company called Digital Awareness UK is working with schools to raise awareness of what is considered rude behaviour around digital platform use.
“Schools have a role to play to model good behaviour and teach children what is not socially appropriate“.
Sorry but isn’t that the parents’ job?
Anyway here are some of the rules:
- Don’t text at mealtimes
- Don’t check your phone during a meal
- Don’t announce deaths on Facebook (only jihadists or murderers are “allowed” to do that)
- Don’t dump your partner via WhatsApp
- Don’t interrupt a face-to-face conversation because you’ve just had a message (how many children understand what a face-to-face conversation actually is?)
And back to parents; a third of children surveyed recently (by Digital Awareness UK) said that their parents were terrible role models – always checking their devices. Even when the children asked them to stop it made no difference.
These were kids from top private schools whose parents obviously had terribly important jobs. But I think it’s the same everywhere among parents of young children. You see them out for a family meals with the kids given tablets to play on while the parents have grown up talk.
And the survey revealed that parents have no idea what the kids get up to on online putting themselves at risk of sexting, grooming, addiction and sleep deprivation. Given that almost 10% of kids spend 10-15 hours a day online when not at school is it any wonder. And 10% of 11-18 year olds admit to checking their mobile phones at least 10 times a night.
Many children have said they would like firmer rules and for their parents to be better role models and half said they wouldn’t mind if their devices were taken off them for a weekend. Really?
I’ve posted before about how addictive social media can be and its detrimental effect on children.