Shock them?

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has banned electro-shock therapy as a treatment for Internet addiction, citing uncertainty in the safety and effectiveness of the practice after criticism in the local media.

The Ministry of Health announcement followed recent media reports about a controversial psychiatrist in Linyi, Shandong Province, who administered electric currents to nearly 3,000 teenagers in an attempt to rid them of their Internet habit.

There is a better way to control teens in their use of the Internet. Most would look at this article and throw their hands up and shake their head in unbelief of such stupidity. Teens need guidance, teens need leadership in the area of Internet usage, and they don’t need to be ZAPPED.

Teens speaking as a parent of three teenage girls’ teens need to be directed and corrected in the do’s and don’ts of the Internet. The problem is most parents want to be friends with their teens rather than parents.

Parents must sit down with their children and explain the dangers of the Internet. Parents must also establish rules to the usage of the Internet. The key to making this work is to consistency keep your word and follow through with the guidelines you set forth. What those guidelines are will vary with each family.

Parents also can and should use parental monitoring software, and a good Internet filter. This will be a huge help in keeping your teens safe online while also being able to monitor what they are looking at and where they are going.

Please don’t turn a blind eye to your teens use of the Internet You are not saying you don’t trust them by monitoring their Internet usage, you are saying I love you and I want to protect you.