Talk to our children. Let them know what our expectations are, teach them the basics of internet safety & make they feel comfortable when talking to us about problems and concerns. Set Guidelines: – Create a set of guidelines about when and how long they can use the computer. Be clear about what they can and cannot do online. If they need to complete chores or homework first, outline that as well.
Discuss things like instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, and social networking sites. Be sure to follow through & make sure that our children stick with these guidelines. Set a timer for online activity if necessary. Pay attention! It’s not enough for our computer to be in a central location in our home if we don’t pay attention to what our kids doing.
Read more about it. Whatever path we take, it’s important to understand what our kids are doing when they are online. Use available internet safety tools to help us control, track and limit what our children can say and do online. Do a little investigating to find out what sites our kids have been visiting by using the browser history, cache & cookies.
Watch for warning signals. Do not ignore behaviours such as reluctance to talk to us about what they’re doing online or with drawing from family/friends. Cyberbullying may be one of the factors. 8. Know when to say “No”. If our children continually spends too much time online. or ignores rules about what they can and cannot do, it maybe time to pull the plug on the internet.
Although they may disagree, make sure we’re clear about why we’re doing it and how long it will last. Set more familytime by reading with our children, going out for recreational activities. Make more convo with them in the real world. Source from TelBru info-community service program di Borneo Bulletin Weekend, 23 Juni 2012. By @alfakurnia