Whether parents should censor the Internet for their children is a personal decision that each individual family must make. Some families may be comfortable with children having unlimited Internet access, while other families restrict children to a list of pre-approved websites. The “rules” for acceptable Internet usage will be different from family to family, depending on multiple factors, including the ages of the children in the home. All of the adults in a home or family should come to an agreement about what types of Internet usage are acceptable for children and what rules will help keep everyone in the home safe online. If your children are older, they should participate in discussions about Internet rules and how they apply to your household.
Even if you choose to allow your children unlimited Internet access, it is still advisable to monitor their online activities. Malicious adults find it relatively easy to obtain personal information about children, including names, addresses and birth dates, and can use this information to cause harm. Child development experts at the Kids Health website recommend that families place computers in a public area of the home, like the family room or den. Knowing that family members walking by can see his Internet activity will discourage your child from revealing information that he should keep to himself.
Almost everyone has had the experience of sitting down to check an email inbox and looking up to find that an hour or more has passed. The structure of the Internet makes it easy to lose track of time.