There are a few reasons why parents today need to take a more proactive role in monitoring their child’s internet usage. The first reason is that with the increasing age of the internet come more and more sites that may not be appropriate for children. This means that there are now more sites than ever that are geared specifically to adults that are readily accessible by children. Taking the time to either block access to these sites or to safeguard your child from these sites is the best way to insure that they see only age appropriate material.
Another reason you should watch your child’s internet usage is that cyber bullying is at an all-time high on many social media sites. While these social media sites are intended to provide a safe environment for friends, they are often abused by individuals seeking to hurt others mentally and even perhaps physically. Taking the time to look into your child’s internet usage can mean the difference between life and death in some cases if bullying becomes too severe. If you talk to your child about bullying on the internet and take the time to let them know that you are always open for discussion you can ease a world of tension. If you suspect that your teen is being bullied and they will not talk to you it is important that you find help for your teen now and find a way to get them to talk about it.
On the flip side of that coin you also need to be sure that your child is not the one doing the bullying. Cyber bullying is at an all-time high and if your child is contributing to the bullying of another child it is your responsibility as a parent to talk to them and try to stop the behavior before it results in real physical harm. Taking the time to monitor your child’s internet usage is the best way to insure that it is being used responsibly and correctly.
Author: Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and currently partners with TheFamilyCompass.com in spreading awareness about troubled and depressed teenagers (and how to deal with them). The Family Compass aims to increase awareness on the current psychological and social status of today’s teens and how these factors affect the future of our society.