It’s a fact that in our modern day lifestyle technology has a great impact on our lives. The reality is our children are immersed in it from the day they are brought home from the hospital. As parents it is our responsibility to make sure our children are always safe. Internet safety begins with a frank ongoing conversation that will grow and change along with the needs of your family.
In my house the internet is a privilege which means there are rules to follow. Break the rules and you will lose your privilege. This is not just a technology lesson but a life lesson of how actions your child can control have immediate consequences in their lives.
There are two main rules you must establish:
First you must decide what websites your children are allowed to visit.
There are gaming websites where you can play games all day for pure entertainment then there are educational websites where games serve to teach children skills. In addition you must determine if they are mature enough to visit social websites like Facebook or Myspace.
Types of Sites:
- Gaming – pure entertainment; shooting games; some sites connect to other players
- Educational – interactive, designed to teach skills
- Social Media – Facebook, Myspace, Twitter
- Video Chat/ Text Chatting
- Search Engines
Second, you must decide how much time your children should be allowed on a specific activity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children younger than 2 years old have no screen time, and children over the age of 2 into adolescence limit screen time to two hours or less a day.
Remember success requires you to follow through by sticking to the guidelines you have set.
- Setting a timer
- Monitoring Software
Pay attention and join in the fun alongside your children.
Keep reading and learning.
Everything you do will help prepare your child for the future.