Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
For children and teenagers, there is no doubt that the Internet can be an excellent resource for information, communication and entertainment, but more and more Australian parents are concerned about excessive time online.
Today’s youth are the early settlers in a remarkable new world. Unfortunately, parents feel as though they are shut out of this world, often not knowing, nor understanding, what happens in this online environment.
It is up to parents to monitor, not just what their children do online, but also the length of time they spend online. Many of the online games children play have parental controls. However, parents do not always choose to use them. Banning is not the answer. A better strategy is to give kids access, but be informed, set some rules, monitor and supervise. To ignore this responsibility could create significant psychological and social problems for their children in years to come.
Michael sits on the Board of many organisations including the National Centre Against Bullying. In 1985 he founded CanTeen, a cancer support group for teenagers. He is the resident psychologist on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. Michael has written several bestselling books on parenting including ‘Surviving Year 12’.
Parents are concerned that their kids may be spending too much time in the ‘screen world’ and that their kids may be missing out on real life experiences. The internet can be a valuable resource of information when used properly. However, it is up to parents to regulate the amount of time their kids spend online each day.