PARENTS SHOULD BECOME COMPUTER SAVVY TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM INTERNET DANGERS, JPC TOLD

27 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Co Monaghan parents were encouraged on Monday to improve their own computer literacy and participate with children in online activities as a means of helping to guard them from the threat of cyber-bullying and other dangers associated with the Internet and modern communications technology.

In a presentation to Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee, Leona McEnroe of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre encouraged parents to ask to meet their children’s online friends through Skipe sessions – and recommended that children be forbidden from frequenting private chat rooms on the Internet, which could be “a bad place for children, full stop.”

Ms McEnroe told the meeting that the Internet was a fantastic tool with a wealth of benefits, and was far more good than bad, but it was up to parents to teach their children how to use the Internet safely. Parents had to be aware of the dangers the Internet could present, and how to reduce them.
The Internet could be a dangerous place for both adults and children, she pointed out.

Cyber-bullying took place using technology such as a laptop, table or mobile phone, and could include intimidation, impersonation, exclusion and humiliation.

As a means of protecting children, Ms McEnroe encouraged parents to become …

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