Parenting in a Digital Age: Promoting Digital Smarts and Digital Wellbeing for Your Children
AIM x OTR x Think x Wise Kids | Fireside chat | Parenting Series
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The Internet today offers great opportunities for education, learning and entertainment! In addition, it can be accessed in a variety of ways, from the Xbox and PlayStation Consoles to tablets and smartphones. Many parents/carers are concerned about the online safety and wellbeing of their children. They want to keep up to date with new technologies, and understand how to recognise and manage risk, and guide their children when they game online, use social media or social messaging apps. For older children and adults, there are the challenges of unwanted and illegal content and contact and issues like managing privacy, identity, reputation and information shared through platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and WhatsApp. As children grow into young adults, they also need to be critical thinkers, digitally literate and empowered, so they can use online services in ways that bring benefit, for example to develop a positive footprint online, whilst keeping safe.
To address these needs, WISE KIDS is offering a 60 minute webinar which aims to help parents/foster carers develop their own knowledge and digital competency so that they are better able to engage, support and educate their children to use online technologies positively and safely, and in ways that develop their knowledge and digital competency, critical thinking and wellbeing.
Participants will gain insights into the changing digital landscape (including recent developments in generative AI) and the key safety and wellbeing issues they need to be aware of. They will gain insights into approaches and resources they can use to engage their children and develop their critical thinking skills, as well as positive behaviours and healthy relationships. Participants will also gain insights into ‘parenting in a digital age’ with a particular emphasis on good habits, role-modeling and age appropriate family mediation. All participants will also gain access to a bespoke private webpage with links to further multimedia resources that they can use to support their children to use the Internet positively and safely.
Founder of WISE KIDS
Dr Sangeet Bhullar is the founder of WISE KIDS, a UK based non- profit company which has, over the last 20 years, worked with thousands of young people, parents, teachers, other professionals and community groups to develop their digital literacy and competence, sense of agency and wellbeing so they can thrive in a connected world.
Sangeet believes that online access, digital citizenship education (which promotes critical thinking and positive online participation) and wellbeing are vital if society is truly to harness the benefits of a connected world. She has developed and delivered training programmes for educators in the UK and abroad, including for the MOE in Singapore.
She is a member of the Welsh Government Digital Inclusion Management Board and a Board member of Wikimedia UK. She can be found on Twitter as @sangeet.
Founding Executive Chairman WholeTree Foundation; Over-The-Rainbow; Asia Institute of Mentoring; Founding Partner Fatfish MediaLab; Executive Mentor YSI SEA; Founder of the Deep Human Movement
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In a fast-paced world where the only constant is change, he believes there is an urgent need for each of us to draw on our strengths and creative potential as human beings, to connect with our higher self and our deeper purpose to contribute towards humanity in a positive and impactful way. He enjoys building ecosystems and mobilizing the community to create positive social change. As an early pioneer in the application of AI, he also has a strong base in the tech space. With the launch of his family foundation and other social impact initiatives, Yen-Lu devotes his time serving both society and the nation in his various capacities.
He is on a life mission to help bring about a kinder, gentler, more inclusive, more just, and sustainable world.
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