INTERNET ABUSE BY TEENS
is a wonderful form of technology. It provides information,
which is helpful to your child in his studies and also gather
general knowledge. The amount of resources and information
the Internet contains is astounding. With the help of information
collected on the net your child gains vast knowledge. Parents
and children together can work to make the Internet a positive
experience. However left alone your child can misuse this
wonderful knowledge bank and with no rules or regulations,
teens can discover surreptitiously how to commit crimes, see
things they ought not to see and chat with people of questionable
character. Thus you as a parent must take precautions to see
that you child does not abuse the internet access.
Educate yourself about the net
is very essential for you to know about computers and be familiar
with World Wide Web. Nothing can be more intimidating than
a child knowing more about computers and internet than their
parents, and often this is what happens with today's parents
who probably know very little about internet than their children.
Thus consider this aspect as to how you can know if something
is amiss if you don't know or understand your child's online
activities? Ask your child to show you what they know about
the Internet and find out the sites they like to visit. Check
out the contents of the site and ensure that it is appropriate
for your kid.
monitoring and forbidden access
location of your home computer may make a huge difference
in the type of Web content your child reads and surfs. If
possible, put your home computer in the living room, family
room or some high traffic area of your house so that you can
always monitor the internet access. This will restrict your
teen to abuse the internet access and if your teen knows at
any given moment that someone may approach the computer while
they are surfing the net, they will be more cautious and careful
of their online activities. Try to avoid allowing your child
to have a computer with Internet access in their room. However
if you feel strongly about your child having a computer with
internet access in their bedroom, make sure they keep their
door open while they are online so that you can monitor their
next step is to set up rules and guidelines that your child
must adhere to when surfing the net or engaging in online
activities. Make it clear that they are not allowed to go
into unmonitored or private chat rooms to chat with strangers.
Secondly monitoring where your child has been on the Internet.
Restrict their amount of online "play" time. In addition to
monitoring programs, you must also install blocking or filtering
software. Become familiar with these two types of programs.
Blocking software generally blocks unwanted or restricted
Web sites from being accessed. Filtering software allows you
to program prohibited keywords such as XXX, sex, adult, guns,
bombs and cults.
important thing that you need to teach your teen is standard
internet safety. Such internet safety includes · Under no
circumstance your teen should give anyone his or her name,
address or telephone number. · Instruct your teen never to
meet anyone in person whom they've met on the Internet, UNLESS
you can accompany them to this meeting. If you do agree to
let your teen meet someone in person, make sure you get this
person's name, address, telephone number and any other important
information. It's also a good idea to talk with the parents
of the teen your child wants to meet and make sure the meeting
takes place in a public place.