Rangatahi and tamariki can access virtually any content on their devices – anywhere, any time.
As digital natives, they can and should make use of these opportunities for communication, education and entertainment.
But rangatahi and tamariki can also be negatively impacted by what they see.
You can’t control everything they see, but you can help them make good decisions about what they choose to watch and help them think critically about the content.
Parents often come to us asking about how they should approach difficult conversations with their young ones. Below is a series of videos with useful tips to help you kōrero tahi (talk together) with your children about the content they are watching.
Concrete vs abstract thinkers
Here's a tip on the differences between concrete and abstract thinkers.
We think it's good to teach young people how to think critically. Here's why that's important.
Flipping your lid
Do we remember what it's like to be a teenager? Here's why teenagers can come across as OTT (over the top).
A handy guide to brain development
How do brains develop? Here's how teenagers' brains work, and why it's important for parents to step in from time to time
Here's a tip on how to talk about suicide with young people.
Getting started is easy
Taking the first step in taking to young people can seem daunting, but getting started can be easy. Here's how.
Checking your emotions
It can be hard to leave your emotions at the door, but here's a tip on how to have conversations with young people without losing your cool.
Resources for parents and young people
Cyberbullying and other harmful online behaviour:
- Netsafe | 0508 638 723
Information about movies, TV shows and other media:
Helplines and information for parents, children and young people:
The Mental Health Foundation has a great list of services that offer support, information and help.