Cyberjunkies Start Early
Parents Respond By Setting Limits
are getting concerned. Kids are putting on weight, neglecting
study time and skipping meals.
Hours spent online chatting with friends or playing games.
is not so simple.
parents have been rushing to get their children wired - to keep
them on the right side of the "Digital Divide". Reports
that Internet skills are needed to succeed in the dawning Information
Age are enough to motivate parents to provide access to this tool.
gossip focuses on whose kids are playing the more advanced toddler
games. Parents brag that their kids know more about the Internet
than they do.
But it seems
the honeymoon is over... the dangers of this new technology are
becoming easier to see. Stalkers may target kids who spend time in
chat rooms or at social networks while hours spent online cut into other activities that
kids need for healthy, well balanced development.
more squabbling over who gets to use the computer and less time
spent on homework and other off line projects. While no one seems
to be complaining that the Internet is cutting down on the time
teens spend phoning friends, most other activities seem to be
getting ignored by the wired generation.
professionals are beginning to voice concerns about the effects
of unlimited computer access - and many are taking steps to integrate
Internet time with other real life activities that involve (yes!) human interaction and physcial exercise.
If you notice
that your brilliant cyberkid is eating dinner at the computer (or with their smartphone or iPad) and hasn't
spoken to anyone in the family in months, perhaps it's time to
pull the plug or monitor the time being spent in front of the
also see -> Safe Web Surfing for Kids