The Internet is around us and either likes it or not, your kids are going to use it.
The question is what is the correct approach to screens and the use of the Internet among children and young people?
A new report by Norton found that parents are struggling to enforce the right time for screen routines at home.
More than half of adults in the UK surveyed believe that technology and mobile devices can foster problem solving, learning skills and creativity, but parents are concerned about potential impact factors on sleep, energy levels, social skills, and mental health.
On average, British children receive their first connected device at the age of nine, so it is more important than ever to hold these discussions.
Before parents apply the right time rules for their offspring, they should look a little closer to home. According to the results, 77 percent of adults think they are setting a bad example with their time to use the screen.
"It has become second nature, we always have our phones in our hands," said Orla Cox, director of security at Symantec, Norton's parent company. Regular. "I think some of the advice we want to give our children is perhaps advice we should take on ourselves."
Where to start with general screen time
In the research, Norton has put together some practical tips to enforce the time screen routines at home. These include such things as setting limits on screen time, encouraging children to discuss their online activities with parents, talking about the risks of publishing and sharing personal information about social media, and ways to search for harmful content.
One tip that Cox thinks is particularly important is for parents to encourage their children to use their devices in communal spaces at home.
"[You] I do not want them to disappear into their bedroom, they will lock for a few hours, where we do not know what they're doing up there. The openness of being about to do it for the eyes and build conversations around it, that's when you build healthy relationships and hope to get the balance as well, "Cox said.
As we come for Christmas holidays, kids are going to spend more time at home, which means more time playing online. If there is one rule families need to apply, Cox believes that setting up is the time and time periods.
"It's very basic, but it's the most effective," she said. "It's just getting the habit and routine in place, and using them to know that it's my time to get online because outside is not.
It's not fair if you block somebody's access when you're still sitting on your phone, so maybe do it a family thing. "
Technology giants like Apple and Google have recently added screen time features to their devices, so you can monitor your usage, including how much time you spend on apps like Instagram and Facebook. Cox thinks applying tests on our screen time are important.
"With some of these social media sites, you really need to check them out before you go to bed? [checking] Such habits, "she added.
All in all, there is no point in introducing draconian measures that you or your children do not stick to.
"We have to be realistic," Cox said. "We come to the point where they say there is no screen time not possible, so it's about recognizing that kids are going to be online, but make sure it's done in a controlled manner."
For more information about Internet safety and safety for children, visit the Norton Norton Security Resources page