These days, we use the internet for everything from shopping and entertainment to education and communication. We allow our children to use the internet from a young age, and our children expect to have their phones/tablets. But, with this great internet connectivity comes the question of safety.
How do you keep a check on what your kid’s watching online? What should you do to make sure they don’t become a victim of an online scam? If you wonder about these issues, here are some options for you to protect your children when they are online.
1. Think About the Location of the Computer
With so much questionable content easily available online, children mustn’t be left to their devices, with their device, in some corner of the home. Instead, place the computer where they are within your reach. A young child may not understand the difference between good and bad content, so be ready to guide them.
2. Tell Them About the Pros and Cons of Posting Online
Kids learn from other kids. They may start posting on a social media site or forum just because their friends are doing the same. Inform them about the importance of sharing their opinion, but at the same time, educate them about why they should be cautious about what they post online. Be open with them about criminals on the lookout for information they can use to commit fraud. Ask them to not share their or your personal information with anyone.
3. Talk to Your Kids About Online Friends
Besides people in their immediate friend’s circle, your kids will likely know people that they only know online. Spend time online with your kids and talk to them about the difference between online friends and other friends. If they are talking to someone online, use a people search tool like Nuwber to find out more about them.
4. Set Limits
Put a limit on how much time they can spend online for entertainment, just like you would with watching the TV or playing outside.
5. Use Adult Filters
Filters on the web browser, YouTube, and other platforms can help in limiting your child’s exposure to adult content. Personally apply filters and check regularly to make sure they’re on.
Identity theft, social media posts, unknown people – parents have a lot to think about when it comes to the online security of their child. The tips given above will help you tackle this issue.