My wife and I need to go to work, and our children stay home by themselves for online classes without supervision. My wife is worried that they will go online, browse webpages, play online games, get addicted to this practice, waste their time and affect family relationships. How can my wife and I make our children concentrated on studying online and developing healthy online habits?
We understand that parents are concerned if going online will affect their children’s academic performance. We recommend parents to explore the content of their learning materials and know their online habits first to avoid misunderstandings. If you want to educate your children, you have to start by understanding children’s daily routine of using the Internet and their needs. You can provide appropriate support to cater for their different needs at different ages. If your children are young, you can limit their time spent online, but for those who are at high primary or junior secondary school levels, engaging them through discussion is important. A good parent-child relationship not only helps effective communication but also makes it easier to educate children on healthy Internet use.
Source: Mr. Man, Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society Net Education and Counselling Service