The Science of Information

How to talk to children about dangers, and protect them online.

Keeping open and honest communication and building empowerment is key to protecting children online and offline.

What is the science behind it?
  • Information that is honest, concrete, yet age-appropriate and reassuring will help children deal with difficult experiences and reduce fear.

  • Allowing children to talk freely with open questions helps children express their emotions and better deal with trauma.
  • Acknowledging children’s feelings, reassurance and active listening makes them feel loves, supported and safe.
On Digital Online Safety
  • Children’s resilience is crucial in protecting them online. Children who are well-informed and empowered on how to safely navigate the internet are better protected.
  • Parents who are well-informed are more likely to stay alert to online risks and warning signals for children.
  • Setting rules for online use helps control children’s internet habits. Different ages require different rules.
  • Things caregivers can do, include enabling parental controls, updating virus scanners and making sure privacy settings are ‘high’.
  • Spending time with the children on the internet and exploring together ensures their safety.
Science Sheet

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