A survey conducted in Australia asked the parents about the effects of Facebook and Twitter in children. 65% of parents believe it, Facebook and Twitter make their children lazy learning.
The survey conducted by Newspoll for Telstra Cyber-safety Research Report. The survey followed by parents of children aged 10-17 years.
From the survey it was revealed, they are so lazy to learn as Twitter and Facebook is 14-17 year-old adolescents. According to the parents, their children become distracted from homework (homework) them.
1/4 of parents who were respondents in the study was to estimate, their children spent at least seven hours a week or equal to one hour each day exploring the social networking site.
Seeing the results of the above survey, internet expert Dr Martyn Wild gives healthy advice for parents to put a computer or laptop in the area that can be seen all family members. It’s for the children who are still in school age can be more focused on their studies.
“Usually parents do not allow their children to play with friends all day, especially on a school night. But now they do it online, in front of their own parents,” said Dr Wild as reported by Get Parenting.
In order for children not addicted to social networking sites, the solution is not to shut down the internet connection at home. “But apply new good habits in children and tell children about the real benefits of the internet,” explained the expert again.
But for parents who have older children, parents should give confidence to the child to balance their lives between school and play. Sure reposal should remain under the supervision of the child if it was able to charge or not.
How to get parents to monitor when children surf the internet? Here are tips from Effendy Ibrahim, Symantec Norton Regional Head of South Asia Region (Internet Safety Advocate), as reported detikinet:
1. Be literate technology and invest in security software are comprehensive, updated and paid. It’s no longer enough just having an antivirus solution, there should also be a two-way firewall, password encryption, anti-phishing toolbar and regular updates. Security devices that you have should have a new reputation-based features, so that new malware detection capabilities far beyond traditional solutions.
2. Put the computer in the family room, not in a private room. If using a wireless network, secure with passwords and do not allow anonymous access computers.
3. Build an agreement about the use of the internet. Often talking to the kids and make a realistic deal. Do a dialogue about who, what and where children online but do not make it an interrogation, do it with pleasure. For example, encourage everyone in the family to open the site security as Norton Safe Web is a community working together to report malicious sites and phishing. One more thing, if asked to ‘approve’ or ‘reject’ an application to access the Internet, make sure that the first thing to do is reject it unless you are absolutely sure that the inaccessibility of the site is authentic and secure.
4. Understand Social Networking. The year 2009 is the year of the attack both on the social networking site and its users, and this will continue in 2010. Encourage the children to be careful when clicking on a link sent by a ‘friend’ them – a style that is different, strange and unusual usually indicates that a false message.
5. Help children protect their personal information. Set privacy options at the most stringent level. Encourage children not to give out personal information about themselves or others.
6. Protect your children’s passwords. Always use strong passwords with a combination of letters and numbers, and change them regularly.
7. Frequently check the track record of your internet usage.
8. Spend time online with their children.
9. Teach cyber ethics in children.
10. Teach your children to tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable with anything that they see on the computer.