What should parents do to keep their kids safe online at various developmental stages? The parent-child connection is key. Technology is now introduced to kids as infants. Families must keep kids safe and counter social pressure that can occur as a result of having tech come first, people later. Kids are the natives of technology and adults are the immigrants. Learn this strange new world, limit traumatic input, and loudly make safety rules known to kids.
In this era of change we don’t understand everything that happens developmentally to a child with the introduction of each new technology. But Sharon Cooper will say this with certainty: never give your child a new technology, and then walk away.