28 Feb 2018

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ON THE INTERNET

The internet is a great place to hang out. Not only can all sorts of information be found there, but it’s also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. It can also be a wonderful resource for children, they can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. Sadly, the internet is also a dangerous place, particularly for children. Because there are cyber stalkers, child molesters, inappropriate content, and more, waiting for an opportunity to reach out to children.

In today’s world, more and more devices offer internet access. In a growing number of families, both parents work, and they simply can’t be around to monitor their child every minute of the day. Your job is to help them make good choices when they get there.

How You Can Keep Your Kids Safe On The Internet?

Whatever the age of your kids, it’s important to keep them safe when browsing websites, using social networking services such as Facebook and chatting with friends using instant messaging programs. Although your children may know more about using a laptop, tablet and the internet than you do, it’s your responsibility to ensure they’re protected from the parts of the web that present a danger to them.

Ask them to use it in an open area, this should discourage most inappropriate activities as it will be obvious what they’re up to even if you only glance in their direction.

Talk to them in a way appropriate to their age, the dangers that the internet could pose to them, and why they can’t use their devices in their room.

Take down any content that you consider too personal or embarrassing from their device.

Set some rules, make rules about gadget usage and apply to the whole family.

You can also delete inappropriate websites from the browser’s history, and add the site’s address to a parental control filter list

Also, encourage them to tell you if they receive any threatening or frightening messages or emails -you can add the sender’s address to most email programs’ blocked list.

If you feel your child is ignoring warnings, or still seeking out the wrong sites, then you can remove their internet privileges.

It is worth remembering that the minimum age requirement of a Facebook account user is 13 years old, so it’s not really intended to be entirely child-friendly. This could be why Facebook released a new app “Messenger Kids” specifically for children which can mainly be opened and monitored by parents.

Many family security software packages are also available and they often include social media features, so if your child is a regular Facebook user then it would be worth investigating some of this software better still time to get the Messenger Kids.

Don’t share too much

This becomes more of an issue when it was also discovered that 85% of parents hadn’t checked their privacy settings in over a year, while only 10% were even confident of knowing how to do so.

When pictures are shared online it’s possible that they are not private, and even if they are there is, of course, the real chance that they could be reposted and shared by friends whose privacy settings might not be as rigid as your own.

Once an image is online there is little chance that it ever truly disappears, so bear in mind that your child’s image becomes essentially public the moment you post it on social media. It might not seem a big issue now, but it’s worth remembering before you press Send.

While there exist many tweaks and features within browsers and software that can make your internet access more secure, one almost foolproof step you can take is to actually go to the source itself and turn privacy on

Conclusion

The job of  parents has made taking extra time out to protect their children from the dangers online quite difficult, however, many of the tips given above will at least limit the potential of explicit materials appearing before their young eyes. Ensure that the various Safe Modes are enabled on search engines, add restricted profiles if possible. And remember to take time out to talk with them about how they use the web, what they like, and what their friends are into. This could be the very best way to protect them.

 

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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