There is no getting away from the fact that the internet is an amazing resource and one that we could no longer live without. Today’s kids are growing up surrounded by the internet and smart technology and grow up using it for all manner of things, from playing games on and watching TV to learning on.
While the fact that they are born into a generation that has never known what it is like not to have internet access or smart technology, is pretty incredible, the downside is the fact that they are spending time online from an early age.
As a parent, this is a worry, especially as many children’s websites can be accessed and used by anyone of any age, including adults posing as kids. While you cannot protect your children from everything, what you can do is take steps to keep them safe online.
Want to know what it takes to keep your little ones safe while they use the internet? For everything that you need to know, read on.
Have child safety settings turned on
To prevent your children from accidentally stumbling across adult sites while online, ensure that your internet has child safety settings turned on. These settings will help to prevent your children from being able to see certain sites, sites that could be damaging or dangerous to them. You can hand pick which sites to block, for instance, many schools purposely block Facebook, for instance, to prevent their students from going on it during lesson time.
Be careful about the apps you download
When it comes to the apps that you download for your children, it is important to mindful about their safety. A lot of apps made for children are open to anyone or any age, which means that your children could be playing online with adults rather than other kids. If you are going to download a new app for your kids, it is a good idea to double check that it is a safe children’s app. Believe it or not, even apps and websites made for kids aren’t always safe, particularly if they allow strangers to chat to your child. Only allow your children to use apps and websites where strangers cannot add them as friends or chat to them.
Monitor screen time
Never let a young child use the internet unsupervised. Always make sure that when it comes to screen time, you monitor what they are doing and who they are talking to, if they are talking to anyone, that is. A lot of parents make the mistake of thinking that tablets are safe tools to leave their children with while they crack on with other tasks, like the housework, for instance. However, the fact is that when online your child is vulnerable, and so, it is vital that you are constantly monitoring what they are doing.
Teach your kids about stranger danger
The chances are that when your kids were little, you taught them never to speak to or go off with strangers, right? Well, it’s important to teach them the same lesson now – that strangers online can also be dangerous. Kids often think that when they are online, they are safe, as they are behind a screen, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. If you want to keep your little ones safe, you need to teach them that.
There you have it, a few useful tools that should help you to keep your kids safe from the dangers of the internet.