curbi for Parents
It has been well documented that the Internet is a powerful tool for learning. The Internet can benefit children’s knowledge and academic abilities. It can increase a child’s understanding of the world around them. The Internet can also enhance a child’s social skills and children find learning more fun when using the Internet.
However, despite these obvious benefits, there are also risks involved in using the Internet. There is the potential to intentionally or unintentionally access dangerous material and/or people. Other risks include viruses, scams and cyber-bullying. Another big issue is how much time children spend on the Internet. Parents play a vital role in helping to keep their children safe from these risks, and it is important that parents monitor their child’s use. It is very difficult for a parent to always be physically present to monitor Internet usage. Teenagers are now using their mobile phones as multi-media devices. Teens use their mobile phones to browse the Internet, as well as to text and make calls. This makes it almost impossible for parents to monitor time spent on the Internet.
The reality is that most children are more tech-savvy than parents. Often, when a child has broken a rule a common consequence would be to take their phone away from them for a period of time. The difficulty with this consequence is that your child is not able to contact anyone in an emergency and it is not allowing your child to develop vital problem solving skills regarding appropriate Internet usage. Children and teenagers need to be scaffolded(this means parents need to firstly support the learning process for younger children, so that kids are able to suitably manage their own behaviour over time) to be able to make the right decision regarding Internet usage.
An effective way to provide this 'scaffolding' is through a tool like curbi. Parents can use curbi to provide boundaries around Internet and device usage then gradually relax these boundaries as the child matures in age and in responsibility.
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Raising Children Network. The Australian Parenting Network. https://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/vic_services.html/context/1013