Being sensible online is important for parents

Updated: 2013-09-20 16:11

(China Daily)

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Note: Lei Ting, a mother in Beijing, gave birth to a son in 2011. The 31-year-old woman, who works for a big technology company, never posted her son's pictures on the Internet, hoping to provide a safer and quiet environment for the child.

I am proud to be a mom and I am also learning how to be a sensible mother.

It is common to hear and see some children in danger through parents' carelessness or injured by those with bad intentions online, which is why I'm always concerned.

Potential risks encircle us every day, while adults sometimes cannot protect themselves and are damaged by those who attack in extreme ways, let alone children who have no ability to do any resistance.

So offering a safer growing environment can be the biggest hope for most parents, including me.

Being sensible online is important for parents

I never upload my son's photos and information online, although I have many social network apps on mobile phones, such as Wechat and micro blog.

Being a mother, I gradually realized how dangerous the Internet is and I made sure I don't use the apps too often.

Instead, I prefer to accompany my son in my spare time, especially in an age when many women are in the workplace.

I have not forwarded information for some time to my micro blog and just shared articles I am interested in or what I think via Wechat.

There are no entirely safe places on the Internet. If we are online, our information has the possibility of being attacked or stolen. When I think of this, I insist even more on not exposing my child online.

In addition, I don't know why some parents must share their lives or record their children's interesting stories in these ways. Lots of approaches can replace it.

Being sensible in using applications is also an important element of being a good mom.

(China Daily 09/20/2013 page3)