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by – Nidarshana Sharma

inculcate internet awareness in kidsThe Internet is today’s most widely used medium worldwide.Everyperson has a connection with the Internet.They use it to connect with their closed one’s,for shopping,for sending greetings across the globe.For any job under the sun,all of us depend on the Internet.It has become the most powerful tool for the many.

Taking the Internet’s omnipresence into consideration,it is essential that we also teach our children to use this wonderful device.Albeit the utility of the Internet,it is also the most over exploited medium,which makes it unsafe for use by children,who are very tender and sensitive.A child’s reception is much stronger than that of an adult’s and they are incapable of distinguishing between the right and the wrong stimuli,which can lead to disastrous consequences.Thus, we must be very cautious while exposing our children to stuff on the net.

What needs to be told to them is the vast network that the Internet has created around the world.Thousands of new sites are born everyday which contains vast amount of information.On the contrary,there are also websites which can be of harm to your child, from which they are to be protected.

A large number of encyclopedias have online versions,which consists of interesting facts.Some websites also provide tutorials in math,grammar and other subjects with much fun.The Internet is also chockablock with games and other activities which aid in enhancing your child’s intelligence.These must be introduced to them.At the same time,you must also ensure that your child does not become addicted to them.

The Internet has been a boon to many individuals and families alike.In many home,it has played the role of a teacher or a baby-sitter or even a guide.However,much criticism has been hurled at it.For starters,it has been criticized of making children lazy and lethargic.It has also been accused of exposing the child to abusive content.A virtual world which is more like fantasy has been thrown open to children who quite unmindfully have become a part of it and have slowly been forgetting the real world.

In order to overcome these problems,it is important for the parents to explain both the pros and cons of overusing the Internet,to their child.They must closely monitor their child’s usage of the net and must also keep a tab on the timings.They must allow their child to use the net for not more than an hour everyday,unless it is being used for homework or projects.This supervision must also not be too close, lest the child becomes rebellious or is curious to surf beyond what they can .Teach your child some safety precautions like not interacting with strangers or giving away personal details.

The Internet has created with the aim of making the world one large place and offering first-hand information and insight into various themes from all over the world.It has grown so much more and has become a commercial hub today.But it still continues to be the most helpful instrument to have been known to mankind.

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