During the holidays, many children receive computers, tablets and smartphones as gifts that they can use to access the Internet, where they can find all sorts of information. While some kids are responsible about their Web usage, others don’t follow the rules their parents set out for them. One way to distract children from their new devices and keep them from surfing the Internet is to sign them up for martial arts classes.
The Internet isn’t always a safe place
Roughly one-third of more than 1,000 families who answered a questionnaire created by Internet and mobile security solutions provider AVG Technologies stated that they plan to buy their child a mobile device this year. However, only 26 percent said they would put restrictions on the gadgets that allow for safe browsing, even though 82 percent know they can do so. It’s important that children don’t spend too much time on their smartphones and tablets, which could possibly lead them down the wrong path.
“Parents need to take a more active role regarding their children’s device usage at home and remember that their job does not end once the device is unwrapped,” said Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist at AVG Technologies. “With the right framework in place, families should be able to enjoy technology together and encourage children to learn, play and feel free to be themselves when using these connected devices.”
Get children to be more active
While 95 percent of parents who responded to the study are working with their children to browse the Internet safely, things don’t always end up that way. One way parents can avoid having to constantly monitor their kids on their devices is to get them active in other activities that force them to put away their smartphones and tablets.
Encouraging an energetic lifestyle is the first step in getting children off their devices and exercising. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s “We Can!” campaign, a country-wide initiative aimed at encouraging healthy living among children, parents should help their kids find something that they like to do. This activity can be Karate, Tae Kwon Do or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Learning these martial arts can be a fun experience for children and a great way for them to meet new friends. Practicing martial arts can also give children an opportunity to exercise, while staying off the Internet and smart devices that don’t require them to be active whatsoever.