Children are curious even at an early age, and later they are all interested. The internet is fun for everyone, both adults and children. To be able to advise your children on the use of the Internet, you must first know some basics yourself. Here are some tips to help you better control what your kids are looking for online.
- Find time for the kids. Do not use your computer and the Internet instead of your nanny.
- Learn more about computers so you can talk to kids about interesting topics.
- Limit your use of your computer to one or two hours a day (it's a good idea to introduce clear rules, such as no computer before school, before bedtime, during a meal, or before a homework is done).
- Talk to your child about the dangers of the internet and teach him or her not to give personal information or photos on the internet and not to make appointments with strangers. If the child is very eager to meet the person he or she has met online, then it must be in a public place and in the presence of the parent.
- Put your computer in the living room, not the nursery. This allows you to monitor your children while they are online and see what pages they visit.
- Make sure your child does not spend too much time in front of the computer.
- Encourage the use of computers as tools for learning and socializing, not solely for fun (eg games).
- Meet their internet friends as much as you know other friends.
- Emphasize to your children that they are not guilty if they are victims of virtual violence. Say you will not deprive them of their right to use a computer - this is the main reason that children do not tell adults when they are victims of online violence.