Keep your child safe while on the Internet – Guidelines for Parents.
2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for everyone and with that being said we are all living lives online at the moment. Working from home, online lessons for kids, etc., the Internet has brought many benefits, but at the same time, it has also raised some safety concerns.
Kids nowadays grow with technology and parents’ core challenges are to find the best ways to limit and control their access to the Internet. Online protection for children is difficult to be detailed as there are various aspects to it but our main focus is to highlight the most actionable tips that parents can apply to protect kids when navigating online.
Here are some tips to improve internet safety for your kids
Place computers in a common area
This is a simple first step – Don’t allow kids to have a computer in their room. You’d be surprised by how much the mere presence of a parent who may or may not be looking over a child’s shoulder while they use the computer can keep a child in line. Make sure the computer’s screen is visible from other parts of the room and isn’t turned toward a wall. This way there is always a parent who can watch over the content his or her child is going through on the internet.
Educate your kids about cybersecurity and online threats
The internet is the place where a lot of learning happens, the idea here is to let your children take advantage of that but at the same time be safe. In words that they can understand do explain to them the threats of the cyber world. The process of educating them plays a vital role and parents need to speak openly so that they understand the disadvantages as well.
Teach them to protect their Privacy
With how fast the digital world is, it’s always better to be safer than sorry later. A child might not fully understand the consequences of revealing personal information online, and as parents, we can be as specific as these:
never to give their name, phone number, e-mail address, password, postal address, school, or picture without your permission
not to open email from people they don’t know
not to respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
not to get together with anyone they “meet” online.
Be their go-to person
Instruct your child to come straight to you when he/ she sees anything that makes her uncomfortable, and assure them that you won’t overreact, blame them, or immediately rescind their online privileges. This process helps in building trust and they will always come to you when needed.
Set a limit for your child while using the internet
The internet is a fascinating world for anyone and it might be even more for a kid. The tendency to get addicted to it and spend too much time on it can be a worry. If you notice this, consider this as a sign to set usage limits and time spent on the Internet. Make sure you clearly tell them about the time they can spend on their computer, laptop or mobile phone. Parents should also clarify what their kids can and can’t do when they navigate online.
Use parental control software to monitor your child’s online activities
Given the way the number of devices that are available at homes these days, it will be quite hard for parents to supervise each device and if you have more than two kids then it makes it all the more difficult.
Parental control apps are a great way to track your children’s online behaviour. These software solutions act as an online guardian and help parents to monitor their kids’ Internet usage, keep track of visited sites, control the Internet connection time, or block malicious websites and report any unusual online activity at any given point of time.
As a parent, the first instinct is to protect one’s child no matter. With the world changing and progressing so fast we need to make sure that the children are educated about the advantages as well as the dangers of the cyber world. As parents, one will need to “equip” and “educate” their children from malware threats and other attempts that usually target the unaware or uneducated minds.