Parental Guide to Internet Usageby Rob Dozier
The computer is a powerful tool...for writing, communicating, learning and creating. With any good tool there are many ways to misuse it. In this page, we will offer several ideas to help the parent supervise their child on the computer; to make it both a positive and productive experience.
There are various Internet filtering and monitoring software packages available for home use. These packages are designed to filter some specific violent or sexual content, and limit an Internet browser from displaying the offending content. According to reviews some work better and some are less effective. It is the opinion of some that no filter software alone is sufficient in guiding young people on appropriate internet usage, and stress parent oversight and intervention is critical.
Most parents should remain aware of the material their children are accessing while on-line. A parent can do this in several easy steps which require no computer expertise:
Five Easy Steps to Parental Guidance
The information explosion today has cornered the imagination of a new generation, and enlightened the world.
Today's Baby Boomers were raised in an era where if you knew what your child was reading, and where they were going, you could control what and whom they saw. Today, this is no longer sufficient to protect our children. Computers and the Internet have broadened everyone's horizons.
Not everyone is threatened by what is available. With movies and a rating system, many parents allow their children to view movies rated above their child's age, as long as they can counsel them on the meaning of the images in the more adult scenes. The best person to know the child's limitations is the parent.
In an Internet world and with CD ROM technology and some gaming sources, the opportunity is ever increasing for the child to observe and even interact in ways previously impossible. Images, chat and e-mail are challenges to all parents, even those with limited computer experience.
If you ask your child "what are you doing on the computer" you may or may not get a complete or accurate answer. Children test parental authority and supervision at every turn - it's part of growing up.
Verify What Your Child Says About Their Use of the Computer
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