“Digital parents” need to be responsible role models, and to establish communication and trust so that children will discuss their autonomous online activities openly. Digital parents should also understand what style of parenting works best for their families so that their children not only participate in the digital age, but actually thrive, while being protected from any risks posed by this new environment. Finally, parents and caregivers are called upon to closely watch their own behaviors, for example as they share online content, as they use digital technologies throughout the day, or as they allow their children to access these technologies.

© Council of Europe, August 2020 - Dr Elizabeth Milovidov

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