Internet Etiquette, an all-rounded knowledge about what is right & what is wrong when anyone is using the Internet!
Especially if that anyone is your 14 years old son/ daughter then it becomes highly important. Without proper Internet Etiquette, they can do some really inappropriate things or can become a victim of any evil-doer.
In a recent news of Business Standard, it has been reported that in previous year 55% of millennials have experienced cyber-crimes in many ways.
Even globally they are the most commonly affected ones for all kind of cyber-crimes! The reason is very clear, not having adequate knowledge about good & bad.
So now the question is, how you as a responsible parent/ guardian should educate your child about the necessity of internet etiquette? What should be your approach or the way of doing it?
Because giving pressure or imposing anything on your child is not a solution at all. You have to keep patience & make them understood in their own lingo.
Here are the ways of doing it, please have a look.
At first, try to understand a child’s mindset, as a parent it’s your foremost responsibility.
Because always remember, children s of this generation are far smarter than you. So at first study their thought process & then give advice in such a way which will not seem an unnecessary restriction to them.
Teach them with love & care with real life facts/ incidents, but all in a story telling manner. It should never be felt like you are giving any gyan or just scolding, it has to be a very friendly discussion.
Otherwise, that will never be as effective as you want for a kid.
Let them use everything but in your supervision! Otherwise, they will never be able to understand what are really good or bad.
Because if you never taste bitterness then you will never understand the real sweetness of anything. Sweetness can not exist without bitterness.
So let them experience both in your presence, in an educational manner. After that, they will never do such thing in your absence or hiding from you.
Don’t hide anything, try to make everything clear as much as you can to your child. Don’t think that as they are very young they will not get it.
Because if you ignore it then they will get to know about it in wrong ways. So before let your child making any such mistake, sit & guide him/ her in a very clear manner.
Create such an environment & ambience in your house that they (your children) would never feel any kind of fear of telling or discussing anything with you.
So in anytime, if your child faces any difficulty/ anything wrong he/ she will not get frightened too much by thinking what parents will tell.
Rather they will get a mental support & don’t make any more wrong doings in future.
Make your child understood what is the difference between real world & virtual world. It’s really important because nowadays even adults are forgetting this differentiation sometimes.
So teach your child from the very beginning. How to maintain a significant barrier between those two completely different world. What the privacy is all about on Internet & how to keep it safe.
Educate them about the bright side of Internet & how it can help anyone to leave a better life. Teach them about the positive sides of Internet.
I am sure that if you take the right approach & keep patience, you will be able to educate your child regarding proper Internet Etiquette.