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Internet and Your Child

May 30, 2012  by: ushakiran  Points: 12   Category: Software  Earning $0.70   Views: 763

There are various risks associated with the kids internet usage like exposure to inappropriate images or content, online harassment ,piracy of software, disclosure of personal information etc;


Every technology that man has discovered so far came with its pros and cons and internet is one such that is vastly being used by kids, which exposes them to almost everything , which may not all be good. There are various risks associated with the kids internet usage like exposure to inappropriate images or content, online harassment ,piracy of software, disclosure of personal information etc;

Despite there being many regulations and strict instructions on all social networking sites - that people below the age of 18 are not allowed to make their accounts on line or access certain websites, many youngsters have accounts on such websites and they easily access the adult sites on the internet. They give fake details regarding their age, address and any other details required for registering and make their account easily on social networking sites. The result is that most of the child’s time is spent on chatting, watching videos, playing games and also sharing personal information online.

Here, it is very essential for parents to monitor their children’s activities online and guide them by explaining the good and the ugly side of the internet. Parents especially the educated ones need to learn and update themselves about what is happening on the internet, which helps them guide their children. Children too are more comfortable discussing issues with parents when they know that their parents too are able to use the net and are aware of the various activities and web sites.

Some helpful tips for parents

1, Since it is never a good idea to ban your child from using the internet, take an active interest in knowing who he/she is interacting with and advise and encourage them to connect with those they already know.

2, Explain the dangers of sharing private information with strangers and advise your children to share only information that is absolutely necessary on any site or online service and to consult you when they are in doubt or not sure.

3, If and when applicable make sure that your kids use strong passwords and privacy settings which is hard to break.

4, It may be a good idea to supervise and monitor their online activities once in a while and advise them to stick to those sites that are appropriate for their age.

5, Be careful not to reveal your Debit card or Credit card details to your child . One can never be sure with children since they are curious and may want to experiment with the details to see whether it really works and you may be the loser.

6, As a last option, parents can protect their children from using inappropriate websites , limit their time n the internet and also see detailed activity reports about what they do online by using certain software. One can even customize it according to ones usage and needs.

7, More importantly parents should make it a point to take an interest in all the activities of their children both at home and school/Once you develop a good rapport with your child and your child is communicating with you at all levels it becomes much easier to guide your child in an appropriate manner. Gone are the days when children were threatened with a stick and made to toe the line. Today with the global awareness, children are growing in a totally different atmosphere that has a westernised outlook with eastern or Indian values as the case may be.

However, treating your children like friends and making them aware of their responsibilities definitely helps in the long run.

Author: Abhijit Bangal        
Posted Date: 06/01/2012    Points:2    

You are right in mentioning the tips to the parents. The children these days are so sharp, they don''t need any tips. The people who need the tips are their parents... LOL.... rightly said.
Author: naruto        
Posted Date: 06/14/2012    Points:3    

Those are good tips shared. Surely banning kids for Internet completely is not a good thing. Just like other things Internet is also having good advantages and disadvantages. So it is up to parents how they handle their kids. And yes with few safety majors they can give this important thing to their kids for their good. Good one. ;)

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