Let’s face it – we are in a digital world. Computers and the internet is vital and many school projects require kids to use them. However, the internet also present a more poignant threat which is one of the many fears parents have. Thus, knowing how to keep your child cyber safe is one of the most sought after advice asked in google.
As a result, we have created 5 ways to help you keep your child safe online.
1) Set some Rules
Many children are naïve to everything that happens on line and most find it hard to differentiate reality from fiction. Most child up to the age of 12 see things as black and white and thus feel that nothing ‘bad’ could happen by revealing their personal information online.
Make sure your child understands that the rule of “stranger danger” is also applicable online. They should not give any personal information to anyone that they don’t know personally in the real world.
2) Use parental control software
Monitor the way your child uses the Internet. Parents are finding it increasing harder to track their child’s online viewing. A classic example would be YouTube which offers many visual targets for young inquisitive eyes. Having software which allows parents to block content you don’t want your child can see can offer peace of mind. A software we found useful is qustodio, however there are a huge range on the market at the moment.
3) Educating Safety Online
Most parents don’t have the time to sit down and explain the possible threats online may have. Some parents may also feel uncomfortable discussing this. However, knowing about possible threats empowers children to make the right choices.
If parents are not sure where to start with online viewing, sending them to program that covers this in a program is beneficial. TechCamps4Kids offers a range a programs that include online safety procedures for your child.
4) Computers with the Family
It is hard to monitor your child’s online usage when he/she uses their computer in their room. Therefore, having a computer in the family room, or creating a rule that the computers is to be used in the family room, is advantageous for several reasons. Firstly, you can quickly observe if they are viewing sites they should not and secondly, kids feel included in a family circle thus developing social skills.
5) Use security and privacy settings
With kids accessing your computer for browsing could result in a range of negative experiences. Using the security setting can assist with blocking downloads. This step requires an administrative password. It will help prevent children from downloading viruses, Trojans or other ‘hacks’ that could affect safety on your computer and in your home. It further aids parents by preventing kids downloading content that are a not suited for young eyes.
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