Internet Manners – You Must Teach Your Child
You must have heard and read several reports of accidental online purchases done by children from their parents’ smartphone.
All of us are guilty of exposing our toddlers to the vicious world of technology and the internet.
We introduce them to social media at a very tender age, because their cute pictures garner a lot of likes and the ‘Aww So Cute’ comments in hundreds.also tt times when children don’t behave themselves, we just hand over the phone and let them play those online games.
And then we say that the children are born knowing how to use the internet.
But while all this is happening and our children are browsing and connecting with others online, we forget the most important thing – can they do so politely and safely?
Therefore, like you enforce rules for everything else in their life, there must be instructions and guidelines for your child to ensure appropriate online behavior.
In short, there are certain Internet manners and etiquettes that you must teach the children.
Stress the importance of being polite as it will help develop relationship building skills in your child. Give them tips like, avoid name-calling, bullying, gossiping, negative talk or discussing personal and controversial topics. Even though they are behind a mobile or computer screen, their choice of words will create their online identity. So, you must set strict restrictions on what type of online behaviour is acceptable and what is not.
Think Before You Send:
You will never want your child to share their pictures, videos, etc. to strangers or even friends. Make them understand that once something is sent or posted and it will remain in cyberspace forever and You can’t be retrieved. Also, that their personal information can be misused through photo shop and can be posted, copied, forwarded, downloaded by anyone.
Report Bad Behavior:
Like our physical world, the Internet is also a giant community, and your children will find all sorts of people on the internet. So, if they come across anything that bothers them or makes feel unsafe shall be reported. Tell them its okay to tell everything to you.
Follow Your Family’s Rules:
Make your children understand this one important thing very politely. They must know that if their parents tell them to avoid certain websites or ask them to not use the internet after a certain time or duration, they must listen. Threat them well when they obey you, this way they will understand that the more they act responsibly, the more privileges they will get.
The online world is a lot like our physical world, but only because we can’t see the other person certain rules of engagement have changed. And as a parent, it is our responsibility to make our kids ready for the same.
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