Q: I am not comfortable with the Internet
and don't allow my kids to have e-mail or join social networks even
though they are old enough. Is this wrong?
A: Some families don't allow their children to
have cell phones. Others do not have TVs or video games. Still
others forbid kids from accessing the Internet. Each family
develops rules and boundaries for their family based on many
variables-religious beliefs, a child's maturity level and a
parent's readiness to supervise, to name a few.
It is important to accept the fact that today's children need
strong technology skills to be successful students and pursue their
career goals. Participating and communicating effectively online is
critical for future success, and the more supervised practice and
guidance children get, the better.
When it comes to creating tech rules and boundaries for your
family, it is important to consider these factors as you make your
Let your kids know you are in touch with what's happening in
school, have explored social networks and have visited websites
that seem to be getting a lot of attention from kids. Find reliable
resources for keeping up with current trends such as PluggedInParent.com or BeNetSavvy.org, which offer updated news and
tips on kids, technology and education.
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