Amount of screen time, establishing ground rules around smartphone and mobile device usage, what children in various age groups could be exposed to online, staying safe online — these topics are among those addressed by Paul Davis, online and social networking safety educator, during an interview with Lianne Castelino of WhereParentsTalk TV.
Davis, a father of two teenagers is a self-described ‘techie’. He has worked in IT for more than 25 years. Since 2011, he has added the role of social networking safety educator, regularly addressing students, teachers and educators and parents in school settings across Canada and the United States, as well as speaking to corporate clients about topics including: online safety, cyberbullying, digital trails, sexting, online security, social media, platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc.).
He is a regularly interviewed by various media outlets across North America on these topics, providing his keen understanding in-depth knowledge and multiple perspectives as a parent and an IT professional.
“The internet never forgets” — a key message in Davis’ presentations is a stark reminder to parents and children that decisions made when it comes to online behaviour and what individuals choose to post could have a lasting impact — both negative and positive.
In his interview with WhereParentsTalk, Davis shares how the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted his work, and offers important food for thought, along with tips and advice for parents and students about how to navigate safely an increasing digital world.
Other topics covered include:
The appropriate age for a child to have a smartphone
Smartphone contracts — understanding terms and conditions, what is legal and illegal
Establishing rules for smartphone usage
Regulating and monitoring screen time and mobile device usage
His personal experience with internet and social media safety, as a father of two teenagers
Research on screen time and its affect on sleep patterns
Watch the full interview with Paul Davis, social networking safety educator: