The internet brings so much joy and entertainment to all of us, especially to our kids due to the number of games, social media platforms, and other websites that cater to their interests. For instance, if your child love music, you can expect him or her visiting sites like YouTube or torrent websites where he or she can download the latest hits of well known artists.
While the internet brings a lot of good things to your child, you still have to make sure that proper usage is applied, because you do not want your child to spend the whole day just surfing the internet, and not engage with other activities that he or she also need.
Remember, spending the whole day in front of the computer is not healthy for your child. This is in fact one of the reasons why child obesity became a growing problem already; kids are no longer interested with physical games because they can get the needed thrill and enjoyment from online games.
So to make sure that your child has a proper balance of time for internet and other activities, make sure that you do the following:
Set A Time For Using The Computer
Tell your kids that you are going to set a time where they can use the internet for whatever they want to do. Let them know the risks involved if they use the internet the whole day, and how it can affect their lives. Be strict with this time, and never break your rules. Be a role model too, so that your children will follow you.
Placing Your Computer
Place your computer in a place where everyone can see it. That way, your children cannot sneak. If your children are equipped with smart phones where they can also access the internet, manage your wi-fi settings, so that they will not be able to connect to the internet, during the time when they are not allowed to do so.
Make sure to check your browsing history after your child used the computer. Check each site in the history and block the ones that you think is risky to your child. Talk to your child as well about this website that he or she visited. Let your child know that the website is not appropriate for him, and explain it in a way that your child will understand it.
Encourage Your Children To Do Something Else
One reason why your child spend more time lurking the internet is because he or she knows that there is nothing much to do at home. So you as the parent, should come up with other activities that they can do, like doing DIY home projects for their rooms, baking, or even taking them for a 20 minute bike at the park, which is a great idea if you want them to have a little workout for the day.
These are the different things that you can do, if you want to limit your kids’ usage of internet.