Q: What are some good practices I can put in place to help my child navigate the digital world?
A: Panellists said parents should be involved in their child’s journey.
Prof Jiow said: “Sometimes the kid may stumble onto things that they don’t know are problematic.”
Apps to monitor and block offensive content can be used, he said, but as they grow older, children should be weaned off these apps in order to let them practice control and discernment.
Parents should also monitor online behaviour and screen time closely when children are young, said Prof Fung, so the youngsters do not get in trouble.
He said: “So as much as we want to demand that they follow your rules… if you haven’t instilled this when they were young… don’t try to incorporate too much when they’re older.”
Ms Clara Koh, head of public policy for Singapore and Asean at Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said parents need to be aware of whether their children are accurately declaring their age on the platforms, because measures have been put in place to protect minors.
Facebook and Instagram are designed for people who are aged 13 and older.
Parents can also tap features on Instagram and Facebook to manage their children’s activities, she said.
Text: Ang Qing/The Straits Times