The familiar picture of children of all ages surfing the internet is now very common, and there are not many children who have their own account on one of the popular social networks. In this uncharted digital world, 11525 Together for the Child, through the psychologist Dr. Lefteris Petropoulos, sets the framework and advises parents to protect their children from “electronic” dangers.

He was the rapporteur of the “Child and Internet” psycho-educational seminar recently held by the “Together for the Child” Counseling Center.

Child delimitation

Dr. Lefteris Petropoulos among other things mentioned in the seminar: “Our children were born in the digital age. As parents, it makes no sense to reject one for the benefit of the other but to explain the differences in children, distinguishing equally risks and benefits. It is important for the child to feel comfortable in both worlds, digital and real.

The timing of exposure to screens should begin early. Limits should be explained and there should be alternative activities the child may find interesting. Excessive exposure to television or the internet is usually the symptom and not the problem. Children who watch most TV or are overworked on the computer are either parents who do the same, or those who do not have enough attention and have not found ways to develop their interest in the world and people through the game and direct communication “.

Target other interests

The directions given by Dr. Lefteris Petropoulos has to do with the non-demotivation of the internet media, while at the same time he talks about the delimitation of children and stresses that it is important to add other interests.

Specifically he says,

“Show interest in your child’s Internet. Talk to him about it or let him show you.
Be honest with parental control. Talk to the child about the images you want to protect.
Be clear and consistent in delineation. Promote self-regulation capability, accompanying delimitation by conceding freedoms and involving the child in the border debate.
Explanations of the risks of overexposure to monitors are helpful but not enough. Help the child develop interesting and off-screen activities inside and outside the home.
If you have a child’s problem with the internet, explore the child’s overall picture. The persistence of delimitation when a child has difficulty in several aspects of his life removes the child from one of the few sources of satisfaction and contributes to the deterioration of the relationship with the child.
Pan-Hellenic Line 115 25 of “Together for the Child” is a helpline for children, teenagers, parents and teachers. It is advisory and referral and offers free of charge the following services:

Counseling on any problem encountered by a child or teen up to 18 years of age
Receive anonymous & branded complaints about child abuse incidents
References & briefings on services provided by other institutions for the child and the family at national level
Information on the services of the Union and its members
Along with the Counseling Line, there is also a Counseling Center for Parents, which organizes free parent groups to support and guide them, as well as free psycho-educational seminars to raise awareness and information.

At the same time, live sessions are held, either with the whole family, parents or teenagers, with the aim of psychological support and guidance for parents, children and adolescents for a variety of issues (school problems, teenagers, relationship management, roles and emotions etc). ). Also, parent groups and parenting seminars are working.

Opening hours and communication: The Pan-Hellenic Line 115 25 of the Union Together for the Child runs from Monday to Friday 9: 00-21: 00.

Calls to “Line 115 25” are confidential and are not recorded, while its scientific staff is composed exclusively of psychologists, mental health consultants and social workers bound by a code of conduct for secrecy.

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