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Want your Children to Disconnect? 4 Alternative Activities for Internet-Addicted Kids

by CHWradio on July 29, 2011


Here on Cyberhood Watch, one of the main focuses is to help both parents and their children understand the dangers of the Internet. Information and awareness are important, of course, but I am of a mind that no matter how skillfully and safely one uses the Internet, sometimes the mere act of using the Internet constantly threatens at least some of our faculties as thinking, breathing, loving human beings.

And this can have devastating consequences for children, who are just learning to use certain faculties that are in a developing stage. If your kids are always on the Internet, here are a few activities that can be just as stimulating.

  1. Learning an instrument.
  2. Learning an instrument is, for me, one of the most stimulating activities children can do, because almost every instrument engages several senses at once, something that the Internet does (which may explain why we are so addicted to it). Unlike the Internet, however, learning how to use an instrument well requires more than just time, it requires concentrated effort. In the end, when practice pays off, the pride and enjoyment that young minds feel is a joy to behold.

  3. Taking care of a pet.
  4. There comes a time in every child’s life in which she will want a pet. Many parents quickly dismiss this desire, simply because they know how much hard work it will be. However, entrusting children over the age of ten with a pet of their own develops both patience and responsibility. Of course, caring for a pet is something that needs supervision and guidance, but pets are definitely a great substitute for obsessive Internet use.

  5. Playing a sport.
  6. Just like learning an instrument, playing a sport engages several functions of both the body and mind at once. What’s more, having your children play a team sport is an excellent way to develop their social abilities beyond the friends they are already used to. Many children enjoy playing sports online, so if your kid is the type who is interested in competition and team playing, then enrolling your child in a team sport is the perfect way to go.

  7. Starting a business.
  8. Of course, to start a legitimate business is something is beyond the purview of children. At the same time, however, many enterprising young children learn quickly the fundamentals of monetary transactions by starting a simple business like a starting a lemonade stand or having a bake sale with friends. As old-fashioned as it sounds, you’d be surprised by how many kids find activities like this engaging and enjoyable.

Of course, no matter how many non-Internet activities your children participate in, the Internet will always form a big part of their lives, and there is no escaping this fact. But if your little digital natives are taking their Internet use to an extreme, it is your responsibility to teach them that there is more to life than a Wi-Fi connection.

By-line:  This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com.

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