Perry, who represents Devizes and has three children, accuses society of being “complicit” in creating a culture in which youngsters are free to make inappropriate contact with “strangers at all hours of the day and night”.Not unreasonably, she suggests curtailing online activity late at night by unplugging the internet router.Groups can offer a safe, protective way for kids to learn.But at the same time, parents need to discuss not going too far too fast.Are you the parent of a child who uses the internet or the parent of a child who will start using the internet soon?If you are, you should know that the internet is a great way to stay up-to-date on the news, do research for school projects, and communicate with friends, but it can also be very dangerous.What you regard as justified protectiveness could be construed as gratuitous prying.
David Cameron’s new adviser on childhood claims that we have a duty to hack into our children’s emails and monitor their texts.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child stays safe online.
Unfortunately, for this to happen you must know your way around a computer and the internet. A child should never know more than a parent does about the internet. If you are looking to block adult websites or websites that have offensive language, it will not do you any good if your teenager knows ways to get around the parental controls that you set.
When children feel stupid, slow, naughty, troublesome, untrustworthy, incapable or silenced in response to the comments of any adult in their lives, it’s time for us to be their voice. On some days, we’ll get it so wrong that it will feel like ‘right’ won’t want anything to do with us for a while, but kids are savvy and seem to know the difference between a bad day, a bad mood, bad timing and something more enduring and targeted.
Our kids will look to us for confirmation and validation of what the world is telling them.