The technologies of today are excellent and have significantly improved lives of people be it in communication, education, business, health, transport and so on. However, there are problems that stem from excessive and negative internet use. Unfortunately, young people and children are the most vulnerable because they are in the process of shaping their adult personality. Moreover, they view virtual world to be as important as the face-to-face interactions. Thus, teenagers may be tempted to present an artificial perception of themselves which may ultimately affect their self-esteem. As such, it is vital for parents to monitor the internet use of their children lest they become addicted. Some of the signs of internet addiction include drastic changes in the child’s routine, anxiety issues when there is no internet connection, lack of interest in normal social interactions and isolation.
The moment you notice these changes in your child, then it’s time to make major adjustments around your home. You can start by positioning the computer in areas such as the living room where everyone can access it. It is not advisable to put the computer in children’s rooms because the privacy allows them to spend most of their time online.
It is also necessary to instruct your children on constructive internet use. Advise them on the need to protect their personal information and to desist from posting their photographs on social media platforms. This tip will come in handy because of the increase in cyber-attacks and cyber bullying.
If necessary, you can create a schedule that allows all your kids to use the internet at specific times. The time allocation should be equal; say one or two hours per child every day. That way, the kids will shift their attention from internet-based activities to outdoor activities and interactions with friends and relatives.
Most importantly, when you notice the signs of internet addiction, talk to your child so that they can realize the seriousness of the situation.