Cyber-bullying, online predators and even more horror stories are all things we have have heard can happen to children when they are online.
The bad things appear to be much more common as the media mostly focus on them. On the other hand, there are definitely things you should be careful about when it comes to your kids and online safety. We are going to look at some tips in this article to keep your kids as safe as possible when they are online.
Speak about internet safety with your kids. Let them know you’re concerned about them and that when you ask them lots of questions about their online activities, or place certain limits on them, you’re doing it to protect them. This won’t necessarily be appreciated by your kids, however they may feel more comfortable talking to you regarding any problems they may encounter. Make sure you fully educate them regarding the potential dangers of the internet, as well as educating them about people not always being who they say they are. If you talk openly with your kids regarding any concerns you have, and if you listen to them when they may feel uncomfortable, they’ll be a lot safer.
Parents have always wanted to know who their children’s friends are, who they play with, spend time with after school and the like. Harmful influences come when you least expect them, and parents want to protect their children to keep them from happening. The same holds true online, and in some ways you have to be even more careful on the internet. On the internet, you can claim to be anything you choose to be, and so can everyone else. Instruct your children to keep quiet about personal information, especially if they have never met in person, and try to keep aware of their online friends. Some of the information your children should never give out to strangers online is, your address, your phone number, or their own picture.
You can keep track of what your child is doing online by connecting with them online. Parents often do not know as much as children when it come to the internet, and if this is true for you then you should maybe start to learn more about it. Join any online services or social networks that your child is part of, and get on their friends list. Use it as a way to stay in touch rather than being heavy-handed about it.
Instant messages and emails are something you should send every so often. Your child is in their own universe and this will keep you in it as well.
Just because we have been focusing on the dangers of children online and their need of protection, that doesn’t mean that something bad is going to happen to all children. There really is nothing to worry about, providing your children know enough not to give sensitive information to a possible predator, or give them any encouragement. It’s your job as a parent to teach them these things and to watch over them to make sure they’re following these rules.