The Internet brings both positive and negative impact of our lives and lives of our children. We watch them playing, studying and communicating with kith and kin and that persuades us that the Internet is really useful and helpful thing. However, there is always a spoon of tar in a barrel of honey – our helping Internet is full of danger for children. That doesn’t means that the Internet should be banished from our everyday life, moreover, it is almost impossible to live without it today. On the contrary, parents should take on board means provided by the Internet to protect their children from any possible threat.
Following the rules of safe browsing you will be able to educate your children and make sure that they won’t cop it.
- Browse the Internet together with your kids. You will be surprised how skilled your kids are, honestly. Today children are more tech-savvy that parents, so you have to keep up with the development of digital technologies. Internet gives a possibility to communicate with literally anyone. Are you sure that you will like to see that your kid speaks with unknown person?
- Think about safety of kids. One of the main requirements is placing of the PC to the public area of the house, so you will have access to the screen, limit the time of the Internet usage and explain children why it is necessary to use passwords and protect personal information.
- Use monitoring software, but first warn children that you are going to check their activities.
- Level of supervision should depend on the kids’ age. For example, children under 8 should browse online with parents only, kids aged 8-12 can have more freedom, though be ready that one of the adults will look through their activities. Teens have access to web through their mobile devices, school desktop PCs and many other options, so in that case only early set rules can help.
- Discuss the proper online behavior with your kids. Explain what you expect from them and why it is necessary to think before sharing something.
- Keep track of the behavior of your children – if they act strange when using social media or chatting with someone, it is a sign of a trouble.