Nowadays, everywhere we look, we can see children with smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices with the Internet access. What exactly are they doing online and what kinds of problems they encounter is something no more than 15 percent of parents are aware of.
Some of them watch carton, others play harmless games, but there are also those who might have serious problems, while their parents remain in the dark.
Internet has given the mankind plenty of good and convenient things, but at the same time we are now facing such things as trolling and cyber bullying. In truth, these phenomena are rather widespread; according to the statistics about 50 percent of today’s teenagers have to deal with such things.
Children take everything happening online way more seriously than the grown-ups, and for many of them Internet is often the only means of communication. Besides, children have neither psychological filters nor protective barriers against things happening online. And let’s be honest, not every grown-up can say with confidence he or she never got upset online.
Internet is the place where along with regular (normal) users we can meet mentally ill or screwed-up people. Usually they are very active, and they take advantage of the opportunity to abuse people, while being completely unpunished for their action. Quite often, they may cause people to suffer significant and sometimes long-lasting psychological traumas.
Follow some recommendations that will help you to safeguard your kid from psychological traumas on the Internet.
The first thing you have to realize is that the problem is very serious indeed and that you have to act accordingly.
Talk to your child. Not just once and not for just five minutes. Tell him or her about the things that can happen online and how to avoid such situations.
Help your kids to correctly set up privacy levels in their social media accounts. Add them as a friend wherever possible.
Avoid forbidding things. As we have already stated, this only makes things worse.
Be rational about using parental control tools on all devices your child is using.
For Windows OS computers we recommend using the build-in parental control system (see how to set it up) in combination with our Personal Monitor program program (don’t forget to indicate your list of “signal words”).
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