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Preventing Your Kids From Spending Too Much Time Online

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Preventing Your Kids From Spending Too Much Time Online
The Internet creates interest and excitement and therefore it can occupy most of your children's productive time. While in their growing years, it is important for them to manage their time and expose themselves to various activities during the day or the week in order to make their growing years more fruitful and meaningful, apart from just internet.
The following are some tips for parent to monitor their children's time online and to ensure that they are safe as well :
Ask yourself if your child's Internet use is affecting his or her school performance, health, and relationships with family and friends.
Determine how much time your children are spending online.
Get help, if your child is demonstrating strong signs of Internet addiction, consider seeking professional counseling. Compulsive Internet use may be symptomatic of other problems such as depression, anger, and low self-esteem.
Examine your own online habits. Do you have trouble controlling your Internet use? Remember, you are your child's most important role model.
Don't ban the Internet. It's an important part of most kids' social lives. Instead, establish family Internet rules about where your kids can go online and what they can do there - and stick to them. These rules might include: a limited amount of time online each day; no surfing or instant messaging until kids complete their homework; no chat rooms or online adult content.
Keep the computer out in the open. Set up your computer in a public area of your house, not in a child's bedroom.
Establish a balance. Encourage and support your child's participation in other activities - particularly physical pastimes with other children.
Help your child socialize offline. If your child is shy or socially awkward with peers, consider a social skills class. Encourage activities that will bring your child together with others who have similar interests, such as computer classes or hobby groups.
Teach your kids that not everything they read or see online is true. Encourage them to ask you if they're not sure.
Monitor your kids. Investigate software that monitors and restricts Internet use, such as the parental controls. Although filtering and monitoring tools are helpful, keep in mind that they can be disabled by a savvy computer user. Your ultimate goal should be helping your kids to develop self-control, discipline, and accountability with the Internet.
Suggest alternatives. If your children seem interested only in playing online video games, try an offline tie-in to one of their favorite games. For example, if your child enjoys fantasy role-playing games, encourage her or him to read fantasy books.

Sumber : Cyber Security Malaysia

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