Internet and Child Psychology

EFFECTS OF INTERNET USE ON CHILDREN AND PREVENTING CHILDREN FROM ACCESSING UNSUITABLE SITES

It is true that the Internet has great benefits in the education of students. It brings great convenience especially when doing homework and researching a new subject.

Many children prefer to be alone with their computer for a long time instead of being with their family or playing games with their friends.

These children prefer to use the computer as a tool to play for hours rather than a learning and research tool.

While the hours children spend at the computer are increasing, the time they spend on other areas of life is decreasing. In fact, sometimes they prefer to be locked to the computer screen rather than interacting with the outside world.

If your child neglects his responsibilities, makes all his programs according to the computer, and does not care about anything as much as the computer, there is a problem.

SUGGESTIONS TO FAMILIES:

You should establish a relationship based on mutual trust and communication with your child. Thus, your child feels safe that he can get help from you when he encounters disturbing people or situations on the internet.

•Help your child choose a nickname or e-mail address that contains no personal clues and does not represent any personal meaning.

• Agree with your child about the conditions of internet use at home.

You should be as familiar with and use the internet as your child. Thus, by knowing what your child is doing on the Internet, you can get rid of unnecessary worries and at the same time keep track of what he is doing.

•Warn your child to be careful while disclosing their personal information.

•Train your child to be more critical of resources on the Internet.

•Always keep in mind that the good aspects of the Internet outweigh the bad.

• Talk to your children about what they do online.

• Let your children teach you something. Ask them to show you what they do online and who they meet.

You should reasonably limit internet use before your child’s use of the internet increases to such an extent that it interferes with his/her study, social relationships, and communication with you, and before internet activities become a means of avoidance. Trying to end the existing habit with a ban may not work, as it will both make internet use more attractive and will be perceived as an intervention in your child’s private life in adolescence. From the beginning, you should gain the habit of using the internet for a certain period of time and for a certain period of time.

•You should inform your child about the negativities of the internet and what he/she can do in undesirable situations on the internet. For example, even telling your child that he or she can end irritating communications builds confidence and develops a belief that he or she is in control.

• You should talk to your children about their online friends and activities just as you would talk about their other friends and activities.

•You must ensure that your child receives your consent before making any online business transactions.

• Teach your children responsible, ethical online behavior and not to use the Internet to spread gossip, harass or threaten others.

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