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Teach Your Kids How to Use the Internet Smartly

To effectively educate is to show, teach, prepare, and not hide. A good education is built on trust and respect; otherwise, without orientation and clear boundaries, only mistrust can be created in the family environment. Namely, access of children to the Internet is an issue that worries many parents and, in many cases, they do not know how to control it because the Web has become an integral part of childhood.

The Two-faced Web

From birth, the majority of children are controlled very closely by their parents. They are instructed not to talk to strangers, how to play, what they can watch on television, what they can eat, etc. Like any other media, the Internet is a tool that has its pros and cons. But, it is impossible to stop children from accessing the network. It is a part of their social and educational development. The connection provides resources such as the news, libraries, educational value, and educational materials as well as services of fun and useful communication for children, without them even having to travel. It is very comfortable, but often this convenience comes with a bill.

Know the Danger

This entire virtual, immediate, and fascinating world can possibly lead to compulsive behavior, nervousness, and addiction in children if there are no limits and adult supervision. Also, you cannot underestimate the online places children could stumble upon while browsing. In every network, you can also find unsuitable content and graphic materials for children like sex, violence, drugs, and so on. It is, therefore, necessary to teach your children about these dangers and limit their access somehow.

Cyber-Safety Parent Tips

Smart use of the Internet can be achieved through some good advice.
  • The computer must be in an area shared by the family. 
  • You must set schedules for using the computer and the Internet. 
  • Share some online activity with your children. 
  • Teach children to protect their passwords. 
  • Try to stimulate critical thinking and intuition in your children. 
  • Convince your child that he/she should not write his/her age, phone number, address, or post photos on any platform on the Internet. 
  • Check their browsing history frequently. 
  • Update security software and activate parental control systems that block children's access to certain content, control their usage time, and record their activity.
  • Advise your child not to accept contacts or reply to emails from people they do not know, however pleasant they may seem, and report any suspicious situation.

By following these helpful tips, you are correctly teaching your children how to be safe and protect themselves online.

Using Technology for More than Play 

It is OK to let your child play with your smartphone in the doctor's office (in order to be quiet), however, technology offers more than just games. You can use the interest of your children to deepen the Internet value within your family. There are more complex and educational games to be found and exploited online, which could help them train their brains, such as Sudoku games, cool math games, puzzles, ‘find the difference’ pictures of all levels, riddles, and so on. 

If parents are the ones who can initially make this interesting offer with many enjoyable activities to choose from, online educational games can turn out to be a really helpful tool in improving your children’s skills and knowledge. Children will not back away immediately at the thought that they have to study, but spend some quality time on the computer instead. 

Moderation Is the Key

Completely denying access to new technologies is not logical since kids have to live with it throughout their life, and even at school such tools for teaching are increasingly introduced. However, limiting its use and controlling the time spent on a computer is crucial. It is desirable to establish a routine that the children will accept and follow, which will help them become smarter and safer in their use of the Internet in their adolescent years and later in life. With careful control and no strict prohibition, parents can successfully avoid the possible problem of having their child addicted to the Internet and computer games.  

Everyone knows that children need to go out, go to the park, play with friends, etc. Still, technology is part of everyday life for younger generations, and provided that it does not interfere with leisure time outside in the fresh air, it can be very beneficial.

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About the Author

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.
Teach Your Kids How to Use the Internet Smartly Reviewed by Brandon on Saturday, December 12, 2015 Rating: 5

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