Reflecting on The Parent Project
For lots of Kiwi parents, it can be hard to keep up with what our kids are doing online. So, we partnered up with four Kiwi families and their kids, to help them navigate the digital world together.
We followed their journey of discovery, as we set tasks for them to complete – from setting up a family digital agreement to checking the families’ digital footprint – and shared their learnings along the way.
Now, as our families have reached the end of The Parent Project, we asked them to reflect on their experience.
Our parents shared some interesting takeouts, here are some of the best:
- It’s a lot like everyday parenting. Much like everyday parenting is about helping our kids to become responsible citizens of the real world, The Parent Project helped our parents to equip their kids with the basic skills they need to become responsible digital citizens.
- There is a lot to learn. And it can be hard to know where to start. Working through each task gave our families an area to focus on. After completing the tasks, in particular they noted feeling more aware of the risks that their children could encounter online. As a family, they were then able to develop strategies to tackle any issues that could arise.
- It’s great to learn together. Most of our parents were on a learning journey as much as the kids, and being able to do this as a family provided a powerful bonding experience.
The Parent Project aimed to empower our parents to walk alongside their children as they enter the digital world. One Dad summed it up nicely:
“”“You will mess up. We will take away your device. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You and I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.”
See the tasks here: