You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Many young children have unsupervised access to the internet and are using the internet to socialise with others. This can lead to a number of dangerous situations which can be threatening for children. What problems do children face when going online without parental supervision? How can these problems be solved? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
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Criticisms are being faced by parents across the world for the failure in supervising their children’s browsing habits. It is clear that a lack in parental supervision may result in a range of physical and psychological problems among children. However, these problems can be addressed effectively by means of appropriate parental actions with children’s cooperation.
The worst problem which children are most likely to encounter when they access the internet without parental supervision is the potential risk of cyber criminals. To be precise, children are over-curious, and this trait is often manipulated easily on the internet. For example, they are made attracted towards the ‘hidden traps’ with catchy captions and animation pictures. The consequences are bitter, which can increase their levels of stress to the extremes and often they end up in a state of depression or suicide. The second issue is that they often blindly believe what they see on the net. For example, a child may try adventurous sports or risky experiments, which are viral on the internet, and this may result in accidents or sometimes death. Certain games have also proven fatal for children.
The best possible solution to prevent such incidents is to have a strict discipline in the internet viewing habit among children. Although internet access is a need among children, parents should make sure that they are spending this time on necessities like knowledge access or on harmless entertainment. They should make sure that their children are not maintaining any secretive habits in any device with internet access. Finally, there should be strict time restraints for children’s browsing habits.
To conclude, it is alarming that a growing number of children are vulnerable to serious issues from the cyber world. Nevertheless, these crises can be resolved when proper parental actions are taken with the active support of children.