Parents have a natural instinct to protect their children, and as a parent, it’s important for you to keep an eye on your children and know what they’re doing in order to protect them from harm. We love our children and want to keep them safe. Here are some things you can and should do to keep them safe while they are on the internet.
You need to make sure that you teach your child how to make smart decisions and how to be safe. But most importantly, you need to teach them to how to be safe both in real life and online.
There are plenty of online predators in the world today that prey on young children, and with social media and online forums becoming more and more popular among today’s youth, your children are more at risk.
This is why it’s very important that you not only talk with your child about the dangers of online predators, but you also set some guidelines and rules for their Internet use.
Set time limits.
If your child is using the Internet for social purposes, make sure you set a time limit. You can decide how much time is spent on these sites and let your child know that you’re doing it for their protection.
Keep the computer public.
Make sure that your family’s computer is in a public room in your home and that your child is not allowed to use the computer in their own bedroom or separated from anyone else. This way, you can keep an eye on the sites they visit.
Let your child know that you are willing to allow them to join a social network as long as they are friends with you and as long as you have their password. This way, you can monitor who they’re talking to, what they’re saying and how they’re using these sites. You can then be aware of anything out of the ordinary that requires your immediate attention.
Keep it private.
If your child has a social account, make sure that their account is set to private. This way, their profile is not publicly viewable to anyone and only their friends can see what they post. Plus, this also makes their name unsearchable.
Teach them to be cautious.
Children are naïve, but it’s important you teach them about the dangers of online predators. Let them know that not everyone they meet online is who they claim to be, and that they should never “friend” anyone they don’t know. Tell them that they should never share intimate details about themselves with online strangers, and they should never under any circumstance meet someone in person that they met online.
Keep an eye out.
Even with your rules and guidelines in place, it’s important to keep an eye on your child and their use of the Internet. Make sure you pay attention to the sites they’re visiting and who they’re friends with online. This can help you realize that your child may be in danger or may be making poor choices (such as abusing drugs or alcohol), and it can help you create a solution before the situation gets out of hand.
Know What Your Kids Are Doing – Protecting Them From Online Predators reviewed by Anurag R on July 13, 2016 rated 4.6 of 5