Guidelines for Healthy Use of Internet

Tips for Parents

  1. Avoid using the computer as a “babysitter”. Treasure each opportunity to communicate with your children and family members.
  2. Avoid using internet as a reward for good behaviour or academic achievement.
  3. Provide guidance and company in using internet. Develop and implement rules/regulations for computer use.
  4. Help your children develop a wide range of interests.
  5. Apply parental controls in internet account.  
  6. Beware of the latest trends in on-line culture and provide guidelines when necessary.
  7. Be a role model for your children.
  8. Seek professional help (e.g., teachers, social workers, etc.) as soon as possible when you suspect any signs of internet addiction.  


Tips for Avoiding Online Traps

  1. Set and change the password regularly.
  2. Remember to sign out after you used a public computer.
  3. Avoid disclosure of your personal information, passwords, and shared accounts.
  4. Do not open any emails from unknown senders.
  5. Avoid chatting and contacts with strangers from on-line forums.
  6. Do not provide your personal information to online friends.
  7. Stay alert when chatting with online friends. Superficial information may not be trusted.  
  8. If you are invited out by online friends, think twice about your personal safety before accepting the invitation. Meet your friends in a public space rather than somewhere quiet or at home.
  9. Once you are requested to do something that is unreasonable or make you feel uncomfortable, stop all the contacts and seek help from your parents or someone you trust.