Digital Empathy means being kind to others and yourself online. To do this, kids need to figure out how others feel and how they themselves feel while online. Developing this awareness helps kids better understand the impact of their digital communication with others.
Talk to your kids about doing their best to understand what other people are saying and why they are saying it. This isn’t easy when online as kids can’t see the other person. Encourage your kids to:
Kids will interact with people from different backgrounds holding different opinions. Talk to your kids about the importance of “agreeing to disagree." We can’t always share the same opinion as others, but we should do our best to always be respectful.
Unfortunately sometimes, kids may come across cyberbullying. Encourage your kids to safely play a role and stand up for other kids dealing with unkind behaviour.
Share with your child how to take action when facing cyberbullying.