Adult channel [Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)]
(Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Child experts in Bahrain talk a lot of sense about modern family life. Many parents, and not just those in troubled areas but in affluent suburbs too, do not exercise sufficient authority over their children. This is particularly the case with the communications technology that children instinctively manipulate more proficiently than their elders.
Whatever measures may or may not be introduced to regulate the Internet, the State cannot hope - nor should it seek - to oversee the thousands of smartphones, laptops and tablets operated by children. The parents of those children, however, must find ways of supervising the use the young make of electronic media.
It is the job of a parent to instruct and protect a child, using advice, praise and on occasion, discipline. This does not mean a return to the bad old days of obedience enforced by physical force or threat. Rather parents must take responsibility for their child's safe exploration of the world online, as they would for that child's safe navigation of a busy road.
Two-thirds of 12-15-year-olds spend more time online than watching TV. Yet the devices mundanely familiar to a 14-year-old are still often baffling to a 44-year-old, who then abdicates all power in confusion. What parents should do is become more involved with new media themselves, the better to monitor their child's use of it. The media revolution is being fuelled by the young. But it must be controlled by the grown-ups. Social worker
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