The generations to come will be impressive, especially since we do not know how far the Internet will develop (we are only at the beginning!). It is imperative that there is parental control behind the use of children and teens. The Internet is rich, too rich and of course perverted by misuse. »
How to introduce them to the Internet?
How do you do it? I teach them to decipher the sites – who is behind it? An official institution? An individual? – and to multiply their sources. When doing a search, students tend to take the first link that comes and settle for it. They need to be shown that the Internet can be riddled with errors and biases. For example, we can make two teams: one on the Internet, the other with dictionaries. And they will see that the Web is not necessarily the panacea… For example, the Wikipedia page on "Delphi" is very well done, but it runs on several pages! With this, a 6th grader is completely lost. They are also encouraged to diversify their search engines (Google, Exalead). There are databases offering lists of sites evaluated in an educational way that also allow us to better orient them. You also warn the youngest against the "Big Brother" side of the Internet… They are not aware of the traces they leave. However, for their future, to be associated with this or that blog, it can be embarrassing. I tell them that when you type my name, you find it on a cooking forum where I asked for a pie recipe… Nothing serious, but that was 10 years ago! I advise them to give as little information as possible about them and to avoid indicating their email at any end of the field. In the same way, they do not know that, when they put on their blog the photos of their boyfriend or girlfriend without their permission (or that of their parents if they are minors), they can be prosecuted for infringement of the right to the image. It is important to open their eyes to all this.
Vigilance and dialogue for safe internet browsing.
From how many hours spent in front of the screen should parents take action? The question of time is not the right one in reality. It is better to ask whether or not there is a break in the social bond. As long as the child communicates well with those around him and continues his sports activities, it does not matter whether he spends 5 or 10 hours a day in front of his computer screen. Is parental control software effective? To what extent? For a long time, parents thought that this software lacked efficiency. Mistrust is now less necessary because, in recent years, the level of these products has increased. The important thing lies in the setting: for the youngest, say until pre-adolescence, it is better to favor the whitelist system that allows limited navigation to verified sites. Later, teens can benefit from the blacklist system, which means they have the ability to browse freely, except for sites that are considered harmful. What are the topics to discuss during the first connections? By installing control software and correctly setting the whitelist system, the little child surfs safely. Vigilance is due to ensuring that the child does not abandon his other activities, including social. Because habits are taken at that time, during the discovery phase. For the older ones, as soon as they have an email address of their own, the big advice to deliver is never to give their personal details (surname, first name, telephone number). When it comes to offensive content, the best way to react is through dialogue. The goal is to prevent the young person from feeling guilty for coming across a violent image or site. Nothing is worse than an adult who would say "I saw that you went to a porn site so I now forbid you the use of the Internet". Around what age can the child be attracted to chats or forums? In adolescence. Children should then be told to talk only with people they know, people in their class or judo class for example. Some parental control software blocks access to chats, just add them to the blacklist.