72% of children and teenagers exchange sexual messages via the Internet and SMS. More than half see nothing wrong with it.
72% of children and teenagers exchange sexual messages via the Internet and SMS. More than half see nothing wrong with it
The alarm is worth beating kind
In Russia, this is especially true, because sexual anarchy still reigns in Runet. Of course, cutting off a child from the Internet is easy, but this will not be the solution to the problem. A teenager will go online through a friends computer, or an Internet salon. It is much more important to control the online safety of your child on the network. To do this, follow five simple rules.
Rule one - always be honest with your child about what they are doing online. Here one should be no less frank than when answering the question of where children come from. Make sure your child is aware of what messages and illustrations he is exchanging with his virtual friends. With the help of the visit log, you can see which sites cause him the most interest. If this list is mostly occupied by sites with a dubious reputation, then before setting any filters, try to talk to your child. Having a frank conversation in such matters helps a lot.
Rule two - find out who your child's online friends are. This will help you figure out who they're hanging out with both online and possibly in real life. Do not consider yourself at the same time a spy who interferes in someone else's personal life. You are doing parenting! It is possible that you intervene just in time. And protect the child from dangerous relationships.
Rule three - try to limit your child's electronic communication. It's not about hard limits, but some rules should be set. The Internet is able to absorb all the free time of a person, so it is better to establish a routine here right away. For example, when a child goes to bed, he takes a laptop out of his bedroom. This way, he will not be left with unnecessary temptations.
Rule four - carefully monitor what your child posts online. Check his page on Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte, etc. This is not peeping but learning about information your child makes public. If everyone can see her, why can't you?
Rule five - set a value scale. You need to find out what kind of online behavior your child considers decent. For example, he will not go out in inappropriate clothes, so what does he consider "appropriate" to appear and communicate on the network? If his views on this issue are radically different from yours, then see rule number one!