Sack the net nanny, talk to your kids
September 24th, 2007

260_howard11.jpg Howard Rheingold has been interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Internet visionary criticises any approach to internet safety that focuses on filters and stirring fear of cyber-stalkers.

As the Federal Government floods the media with warnings of online perils, an internet visionary has criticised any approach to safety that focuses on filters and stirring fear of cyber-stalkers. Author and academic Howard Rheingold (pictured) says parents should educate rather than censor their children.

He says that by censoring the internet “you are not encouraging a good relationship with your child”.

“There is a real fear that parents have that their kids are knowledgeable about the technology and they are not,” Rheingold says. “The answer has to do with trust and communication – talk to your kids about what they are doing online.”

Children may lie to their parents “but they may well find their way around” a filter, he says.

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