The internet has revolutionized how we live our lives. The modern child relies on the internet for a variety of things such as communicating with friends and family, researching school projects and learning more about the world around them.
Since keeping the internet away from kids is virtually impossible, the best bet at keeping your kids safe is ensure it is safe. Here are some ideas that will help you ensure your little goober is safe online:
Have unlimited access to your kids computer
Having unlimited access to your little ones tablets and computers at all times will enable you to maintain a vigilant watch on their online activity. This does not in any way mean that you need to be mean and oppressive with your approach. All you need to do is be aware and concern. You need to be more of a watchdog than a parent in this case, just one rule of thumb don’t let them know that you are watching unless an issue arises. This is because kids are not only sensitive but also very resourceful; too much monitoring will make them find ways to hide their online activity from you.
keeping the internet away from kids is virtually impossible
Teach them how to spot predators
While the internet is a great learning resource it is also perfect for predators who want to take advantage of kids. The internet is full of predators ranging from kidnappers to pedophiles. Training your child to spot predators online is like teaching them how to find a needle in the haystack; this does not mean you give up trying. Open up the communication channels so that they immediately know when danger is lurking. For instance deciding to meet up with a stranger you met online is an absolute NO…NO! Inform yourself on the latest predator tricks and ensure your kids don’t fall victim to any predator.
When it comes to predators here are some things to watch out for:
- What social platforms is your kid using? Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Tinder, SnapChat, Whisper and Whatsap are particularly notorious when it comes to sharing explicit content.
- Know all the mediums that your child uses to communicate online; how many social media accounts does your kid have? Do they use email?
- Is your child becoming suspiciously secretive about their online activity? This is a warning sign that your kid is doing something wrong or even dangerous
While the internet is a great learning resource it is also perfect for predators who want to take advantage of kids
Always be aware
Try your best and listen to your kids both online and offline. Being consistently aware of what your child is up to will not only foster trust but will also flag any possible dangers such as sudden change in communication. Being aware means that communication lines will be open at all times. When your kid becomes reclusive they tend to give brief answers with very little information. Take the prerogative to know what your little one is listening to and watching and who they are talking to. This makes it easier to understand their online activity and also come in handy in noticing inconsistencies that are a sign of danger.
Take time to understand the risks that your kid is exposed to online
Most parents go wrong when it come to internet safety because they have no idea what dangers their kids face online. If you understand the dangers that your kid faces online you can ensure that they also know what to look out for. Some dangers that your children must be aware of include potential cyber hackers, viruses and malicious attacks. Information is key when it comes to keeping your child safe online by informing them of all the loopholes to look out for, you are essentially giving them the power to keep themselves safe online. While you don’t want your kids to be cyber bullies, you also don’t want them to be overly friendly as this will land them in trouble.
Most parents go wrong when it come to internet safety because they have no idea what dangers their kids face online
Install parental control to help monitor your kid’s online activity
There is readily available and affordable software that every parent can use to monitor their kids’ online activity. The last thing any child needs is unrestricted access to the internet. Parental control websites are helpful because they help restrict access to sites that have explicit content.
Keeping your kid safe online takes some thought and research…