Internet Safety Facts
There are many benefits for children using the internet
When kids use the Internet the educational advantages are endless. The Internet is used by schools, universities, libraries, businesses and more. The Internet is a virtual encyclopedia.
And you don’t have to be a computer geek to use the Internet. It is incredibly easy. Use it for homework, communicating with friends, games, shopping and even business.
It is important for parents to know Internet safety
The internet gives great benefits to everyone … most of all children. And with all of its advantages, it has disadvantages which can create dangers for children.
It is critical that every parent and every childcare giver know everything there is to know about the Internet and the possible hazards it creates for children. Learn how to deal with them … learn the Internet rules.
Sign a Child/Parent Internet Safety Agreement between you and your kids.
How to tell when children spend too much time on the computer
Too much time or too little time is subjective. Only you will know for sure and each child is different. Some kids really use the computer for studying, emailing their friends and playing games, while others spend hours surfing, going into chat rooms and even going into adult web sites that are not appropriate for children.
If your child tends to research homework, they can hours on the Internet and if they are seriously into games and chatrooms they can spend days on the Internet. Kids are great at switching from one screen to another, making it difficult for you to know what they’re really doing.
Once you know the facts and rules, and your child’s needs on the Internet, you will create your own timeline as to how long your child will spend on it.
However, when children spend too much time on the computer they can tend to neglect their studies, chores and social activities. It is very easy for children to They may also run up heavy telephone bills.
How to know what your children are doing online
Understand that kids are very curious about a variety of subjects. Often they will use the Internet to view material that is only appropriate for adults.
Although you want to respect their privacy, you need to know what they do with their time every day … especially on the Internet. Learn how your kids surf the Web. Sit down with them and ask them to show you the sites they surf. Get familiar with their patterns of use and time spent online. Learn the potential threats that they can be exposed to and look for changes in behavior. Remember that many mobile phones now offer Internet access.
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