This is a guest post by Pumpic Mobile Monitoring
Human beings are pretty consistent as a species, and no matter how often you hear an adult mutter “kids today, eh?” you can be sure that somebody said it about that same grown-up when they were a child.
Children are curious, energetic and mischievous, but the precise damage they will cause (whilst of course learning about the world around them) depends entirely on the epoch in which they live, and the toys and tools that make up their surroundings. Today’s kids are privileged to have access to arguably the greatest learning and communication tool ever known to humanity: the internet. It is only natural that they will innovate all kinds of new ways to create chaos. As parents, it’s up to us to help them stay on the right side of danger.
These potential dangers are manifold. Your child might become a victim of cyberbullying – or they might become a cyberbully themselves. Their privacy can be jeopardized in any number of new ways, from the sharing of photos or comments that will come back to haunt them, to having their (or worse, your) bank details stolen, to being approached by the same kind of people you warn them to stay away from in the physical world. Or they may become addicted to anything from general internet use, to social media, to any of the age-old temptations that the internet has now put at our fingertips.
So how do you ensure your child has a righteous and pure approach to internet use? Of course, you can never police them 100%, and there are some mistakes they need to make themselves if they are to learn. But a firm set of rules, an open dialogue about the dangers of online life, and an ongoing education in personal security and morality should put you in a relatively safe zone. For some tips on just what this form of discipline should take, be sure to consult this infographic, whose 10 internet commandments have been carefully composed to keep your kid on the straight and narrow whilst online.
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10 Internet Commandments for Kids Going Online [Infographic] by the team at Pumpic
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