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Internet Safety Resources for Parents

Almost every parent has been guilty of using electronics as a babysitting tool for their child. In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was the radio. After that, the television. Then the computer. Today it’s a variety of devices, including smartphones, iPads and XBOX’s.

A landmark research study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that brain scans of some 4,500 children showed “different patterns” depending on how much screen time they were exposed to per day. (Ever notice a change in your child’s demeanor after prolonged exposure to a device? Especially when you try to take that device away?)

Other research shows that overuse of tech devices affects the central nervous system in the exact same way as addictive drugs: it stimulates neurotransmitter receptors in the brain’s reward center with a huge surge of dopamine. Ongoing research is looking at whether children who are overexposed to electronic devices are more predisposed to abusing drugs and alcohol. The preliminary results don’t look good.

Research aside, we should all agree that children should be exposed to a wide variety of stimuli to help them learn and grow. Besides that, the internet has opened up a variety of potential safety issues we’ve never had before. As parents we should educate ourselves on popular video games and apps our children use and the potential misuse of them.

Following are popular games and apps our children are exposed to and important information all parents should know. These helpful infographics are courtesy of the National Online Safety website (https://www.nationalonlinesafety.com).

Please click each item for useful tips on these topics: