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Remember the days when you needed a dial-up connection and a modem to connect to the Internet. I am pretty sure that most Indian parents would remember the trials and tribulations of Internet connections in the earlier years.
I wonder if my 10 year old is even aware of the term called, “Internet.” The Internet is such an entrenched part of today’s technology that you might wonder that our kids may actually take it for granted in all the devices.
Exposure to the Internet
with most kids, my son was always very comfortable meddling around with
electronic devices from a pretty early age. With the popularity of smart phones
and tablets in recent years, kids have easier access to the online world and
Internet. In many cases, you can simply switch on the device to have immediate
access to the Internet.
Being from an IT background, I guess it was easier for me to depend on the Internet for a variety of activities including official work and paying my bills online. Hence, it was no surprise to see my son too getting hooked on to the online world. Right from school projects to watching music videos and downloading kid games, the Internet offered a gamut of options for his fast developing mind. In fact, the current scenario is that he is no longer interested in watching TV, except for playing some of his favourite DVDs!!
So while the Internet can be a healthy source of knowledge and entertainment for our kids, we also need to ensure that they do not develop an Internet addiction.Here are some tips that I try with my son: -
For today’s parent, online parenting blogs like www.yourekavach.com/blog/ are an excellent source of valuable parenting information. While we can and should adopt online safety measures to protect our child, I believe the best safety is in developing a healthy parent-child relationship.