Practicing Child Internet Safety without Laying the Groundwork for Deceit

Many a website will suggest that parents install Internet site blocking software packages which will effectively refuse their children access to a plethora of objectionable websites. Of course, the average preteen or teen is able to disables these kinds of programs within mere minutes after powering up the computer, and many an adult is none the wiser.

Printed instructions on how to disable a host of online babysitting software packages, how to delete the browser history, and even how to erase any trace of email usage are circulating throughout middle school and also high school halls.

Practicing child Internet safety without laying the groundwork for deceit requires parents to not look for the quick fix and minimum effort solution but to instead invest themselves and their time and exertion into keeping children safe online.

Methodology on how to achieve this lofty sounding goal is surprisingly simple: with young children role playing is a worthwhile activity that will help them to express their feelings and also actions better than a mere sit-down talk could ever accomplish. Older children will benefit from the difficult question that offers an ethical and legal dilemma rolled into one which has more than one possible answer.

Of course, this approach only works if you are ready and willing to hear out your children and when confronted with a wrong choice use gentleness to reshape opinion and thinking. When kids are older you being open and honest with what they may experience online and what the possible ramifications of their actions may be is a wise choice.

Be sure to not lay it on too thick but instead remain factual and keep embellishments to a minimum. It is interesting that children who are presented with searchable facts are more likely to take your admonishment seriously while those who are sought to be scared into submission by made up tales will most likely resort to deceit to get out of having to listen to yet another tale of caution.

3 thoughts on “Practicing Child Internet Safety without Laying the Groundwork for Deceit

  1. KenS

    But seriously… Parents need to take back the control in their house. The last 20 years (last 10 especially) have seen a gradual shift in children having the power in the house. Parents are at their beckoning call, and when it comes to the PC and the Internet, the child often rules. Parents need to put a stop to this. NOW. Kids may know how to navigate the web better… but they aren’t as life-savvy and that is often how/why they get into trouble. Parents need to take back control, show their kids who’s boss and enforce internet-related rules. Plain and simple. You can start by monitoring what they do online and knowing if they are disobeying rules and guidelines you have set up. Check us out:

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