Bookmark this page
Teens Can - Skills for Living

home icon Intro

box icon Basics

star icon You Can

star icon Online

plus icon More

Skills for Online Living

girl checking cell phone with notifications

Teens also need to learn online skills for living.

As parents you can:

  • Stay informed about the internet and new technologies Social media trends and popular video games
  • Talk openly with your teen about the risks Predators, bullying, gambling, sexting, social disconnect, sharing of personal information...
  • Set limits Technology house rules: Set a time for access and ensure it is turned off, e.g. 10 p.m.; Keep electronics out of bedrooms at sleeping time; Homework and chores need to be done before access; Set fair screen-time limits  (Recreational screen-time should be no more than 2 hours per day; less time is even better for health.)
  • Role model responsible use
  • Encourage your teen to “think before posting” Remind them often that what they share can’t be taken back. Use these questions as a guide: Am I sharing too much? Am I hurting anybody? Am I being fair? Will this affect my future? Would I want my family to see this?
  • Get help for your teen if needed, e.g. principal, counsellor or police
next button