What can parents do to protect their children from Internet addiction in the future?

The parent must place limits on Internet use from early on, and discuss these limits with the child as he/she gets older. Thus, the parent should:

  • Impose rules on computer use which take into account the child’s age and interests
  • Introduce their children to the concepts of ‘addiction’ and ‘harassment at a young age
  • Spend time online with their children
  • Put the computer in the living room or other shared part of the home where the child cannot be alone and the parents can monitor use
  • Use tools to filter out harmful sites
  • Teach their children how to protect their privacy on their Internet, as they do in the real world

Seek help immediately if they note excessive Internet use and/or behaviours associated with addiction

(source: www.youth-health.gr)

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