Teenagers Using Internet

Teenagers Using Internet

  • Many parents worry about what their child might find or see on the Internet. As with most things there are good and bad aspects.
  • The Internet is fun, informative and a great way of communicating with others. It’s an educational tool and users can learn about almost anything.
  • Parents may decide what their children will see. If you are worried about what your computer literate child may find on the Internet (pornography, obscenities, the way to make drugs, bombs, sex on the net) then there are several things you can do.
    • turn the machine off, as you would a TV.
    • disconnect the modem.
    • there is technology available which restricts your child’s access but still lets you use the Web.
  • Some ideas for ‘online’ security for children.
    • don’t give out personal information, names, phone numbers or addresses without parents permission, Stranger Danger also applies to the Internet.
    • children should never meet someone they’ve met ‘online’ without checking with parents. If there is a meeting make sure you go with your child.
    • make sure your children are happy to tell you if they get a message or find someone ‘online’ who makes them feel uncomfortable.
    • tell your service provider if there are unpleasant messages.
  • The Internet is fun. Banning the use of computers and the Internet will only make it seem more exciting.
  • Ask your child to help you use the Internet.
  • Have family sessions. Bring the computer out into the family room so everyone is involved.