Computers and the internet

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Key messages about computers and the internet

  • the media, including the internet, can exert a powerful influence on your child’s health and development
  • this influence can be both beneficial and harmful
  • the internet can provide children and young people with exciting opportunities, but
  • there are no controls on the information that is available via the internet, so there are many things online that are not suitable for children or that are cause for concern
  • it is important that children do not use computers, computer games and the internet to the exclusion of other developmentally appropriate tasks, including the need to be physically active
  • as with other areas of children’s lives, parents have a responsibility to provide guidance and to set clear limits
This page last reviewed 01 April 2015
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