The internet has become a significant part of our lives. Literally, anything you want to know can be found on the internet. The internet is critical, no doubt about that, but there are things that we as parents do not want our kids to know for one reason or another, but more importantly, for the sake of their safety. The internet is full of viruses, online privacy, social networking, phishing that collect personal information, and other internet issues. All these things can put our kids in emotional and physical danger. As a parent, it is your job to teach your kids about these things, but sometimes it can be quite a challenge.
Here we have rounded a few tricks and tips that can allow you to keep your child safe from internet risks.
Discuss these risks at an early age
The moment your kids understand the internet, start discussing the internet and the risk involved. You don’t need to scare them or be too explicit, but you should let them know the positive side and the wrong side of the internet. Widen the circle when kids get older, help them protect themselves, for instance by creating different passwords for their social media account and other private accounts and let them know the possible consequences of not doing so.
If they can’t do it face to face, don’t let them do it online
Let your kid know how internet facelessness has an impact on one’s life and make them understand the importance of meeting people face to face. Anything that cannot be done face to face should not be done online, whether it’s starting a conversation with a stranger or insulting someone on social media. Let them know that what they do online may come to haunt them later on, for instance, universities today often monitor social media before accepting a candidate.
The last thing you should do is snoop onto your kid’s online activities. You are teaching them about the danger of privacy, so don’t be a threat yourself. Don’t install a parental monitoring software unless you have to. If you intend to so, it’s a good thing to keep them informed; it is not fair to monitor without them knowing. However, it is also important to set some boundaries. Limit the time they spend on the internet because this is what will incite them to use unsecure websites. Restrict games and sites that are age sensitive, be vigilant!
Explore the internet together
This could a perfect time to teach them how to protect themselves from various internet risks. It’s the best time to show them how virus protection is updated and how you answer requests. Introduce safe website for them without having to tell them, let them know the app that can be fun and explore all these things together. Rather than monitoring their online activities, be one their Facebook friend, this way, you will be able to monitor posts and advise them accordingly. Highlight the risks that come from accepting all friend requests.
Keeping your child safe from internet risks may seem challenging, but, it’s not; all you need to do is apply the standards you usually adopt offline to the online world. If you tell them not to talk to strangers on the streets, tell them not to start a conversation with online strangers. Let them know that people on the internet are not what they seem; they may be completely different people. Make sure you learn a few things about internet security, you will be in a better position to keep your child safe.