Do you keep a tab on what your teenager looks for, while browsing for hours on the Internet? Make sure he is not learning dangerous things online. Here’s what you should be looking out for
By Sahana Charan
As parents get busy with work and play spaces in cities shrink, urban children are spending more and more time glued to their computer screens, playing games, watching movies and browsing the Internet. Research suggests that preteens and teenagers may be spending huge amounts of time on the World Wide Web.
A report in The Guardian, published last year, has quoted a study done by research firm Childwise, which reveals that children in the age group of 5 -15 years spend about two to three hours on the net looking for a variety of things.
According to the study, which examined hundreds of children, YouTube seems to have taken over youngster's lives with almost half of the children surveyed accessing it daily. It was found that 58 per cent of the children were using YouTube to access music videos while around 50 per cent were hooked to funny videos. A good number of children were also accessing “how to” videos. This is the category that parents need to be concerned about.
As long as it is content showing how to make school crafts and slime, it is safe enough. But when youngsters start using the Internet to check things that could be hazardous -- that’s when the problems start. With the Internet replete with videos allowing one to learn everything from doing your own make-up to robbing a bank, adults need to keep a lookout for what children are learning on the net, which may be harmful to them.
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