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Digital Resilience

"Digital resilience involves having the ability to understand when you are at risk online, knowing what to do if anything goes wrong, learning from your experiences of being online, and being able to recover from any difficulties or upsets. Children who are digitally resilient will be equipped to handle the challenges of the modern, digital world." - Parent Zone


Although we recommend that privacy settings are in place for children, it is still important that they are allowed to explore the online world to help develop their digital resilience. Please find below ways to promote your child's digital resilience and handy tips to help your child have a positive relationship with the online world. 


Ways to promote digital resilience at home

Digital resilience is not fixed. It’s not a single ability or a set of lessons that can be learnt. We encourage that parents employ the same parenting skills that you use offline to keep your children safe, such as negotiating boundaries, talking about the difficult subjects we’d all rather avoid and helping your child to recognise what’s good and bad behaviour.


  1. Set fair and consistent rules in relation to your child’s internet use at home. As they get older, try to agree the rules with them so that they have some control over their digital world.
  2. Teach your child to think critically about what they read, see or hear online. As they get older they need to be able to assess for themselves whether they are in a risky online place and whether the information they are receiving is reliable and helpful to them. 
  3. It’s much harder for people to empathise with each other when their communications are digital. This is why trolls find it so easy to post horrible messages. Helping your child to understand that and to pause and think about the impact of things that are posted online, will help them cope with some of the difficult behaviour they will come across and avoid getting caught up in it.
  4. Maintain a positive outlook on your child’s use of the internet.
    Whatever your views on the games they play or the videos they watch on YouTube Kids, if you criticise the apps and games they love, they’re not going to want to talk to you about their online life.
  5. Children who can recover from an online mistake can learn and avoid making the same mistake again. You can help by making it easy for them to talk to you about their mishaps (that means trying to keep calm even if you’re at your wits’ end!), and making sure they know where to go for help if they need it.
  6. Allow your child to explore and take charge of their online life.
    Having some control over any given situation is an important part of resilience – and it’s a really important part of digital resilience. It’s essential in helping them understand and develop their own sense of what’s right and wrong online.


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