If you are ever at all concerned about your children and the internet, you are not alone. It has been shown that the vast majority of parents worry about this at least sometimes, and that is hardly surprising given the amount of danger that the Internet can cause. There are many ways, positive and negative, in which the internet affects us as human beings, and many of these are much stronger when the individual in question is still only a child. In this article, we are going to look at some of the major concerns that parents often have around their children using the internet. If you relate to any of these concerns, then know you’re not alone – and know too that there are solutions to all of these worries.
The Fear Of Corruption
A particularly common worry is that your children will somehow become corrupted by what they see and do on the internet. Depending on what it is they get up to, this might well be the case, but it also, of course, depends on your own definition of what it means to be corrupt. It might well be that this is possible, however, and it is something that you might want to think about if you’re concerned. If you are worried about this, you might want to consider making an effort to limit the kinds of content that your children can see on the internet in the home. Thanks to the use of accountability software, you can block whatever kind of content you feel is unwholesome in your home, thereby ensuring that your child cannot view it. This would help if you are worried about your child being corrupted by the web.
The Fear Of Laziness
There is something to be said for the overuse of the internet causing laziness in people, and especially among children. It is true that going on the internet too much – or really, using screens of any kind too much – can be a quick way to let the concentration abilities dwindle, and if you are keen on not letting this happen to your kids then limiting their use of the internet might be a good idea. Whatever way you want to try and limit their internet use, you will almost certainly find that it makes a difference to their concentration levels at other times too, so this is worth looking into even if you are not yet overly concerned. The less they use screens, the more likely it is that they will continue to be able to concentrate.
The Fear Of Addiction
Whether or not you have looked into it already, it is true that the internet can be addictive, in much the same way that anything enjoyable can be addictive to a young mind in particular. If you are concerned about this affecting your child, then again you might want to try and limit the amount that they can use it in the first place. Keep them busy with other tasks, and you’ll find that they are not as likely to get addicted at all.