How to Teach the Internet Etiquette to Your Child
In today’s digital age children are introduced to the internet and electronic gadgets at a very tender age. In fact, a lot of parents expose their babies to the web right when they are born. When the internet has become an inseparable part of our daily livelihood it is crucial to inculcate certain internet etiquettes in the children.
However, being a parent all of us know that teaching manners and etiquettes to today’s children isn’t as easy as “please” and “thank you.” In fact, when it comes to the internet and the online world, they would teach us a thing or two.
So, how would you teach them the Netiquettes!
FYI – A person’s behaviour when communicating on the Internet (net) is called ‘Netiquette’ as per the modern internet language (slang).
Good Manners Begin at Home: The basic behavioural rules of our everyday physical life also apply in online space. And, the process of teaching etiquette and manners of any sort to your children should begin at home. Moreover, the children spend most of their time with their parents, and at times they are the ones who place their gadgets and smartphones in the child’s hand. So, parents should be the primary source of teaching both offline and online manners to the children. Do not presume that the school is going to take care of everything.
Start Early & Build the Foundation: Start working with your child at an early age to build the basic foundation by instilling traits such as asking “please” and saying “thank you”. Further, you can nurture the qualities of respect, kindness, honesty, self-esteem and thoughtfulness in your children. This will help develop a solid character in your child and lay the foundation for life-long survival skills, that can be useful in the physical and virtual world too.
Be A Good Role Model: Beware; you are being watched! Children are like sponges; they soak up everything that is around them. Even if you won’t notice it, they will absorb all your actions and mimic those in their behaviour and response to daily things. And the same applies to your online behaviour too. So, it is the parents’ responsibility to set the right example both offline and online.
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want them to treat you!
Now, this is one rule that all of us have grown up listening and learning from our parents, elders and teachers. Isn’t it? And considering the number of online conversations we have nowadays, it applies to the web world as well. Teach your children to be polite and well-mannered with their online counterparts. Make them understand that they must not post or discuss sensitive or potentially volatile issues online. Rather if it’s very important, have a conversation with the person directly. Also, talk about what a good friendship must be like. And tell them how it is applicable in the online world as well.
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