Internet Safety for your Kids

Kids are very curious and frank. These qualities may become a snare if your child is online. Parents know how to protect their children from strangers in daily life. However, internet has many dangers that parents need to protect their kids from.

Parents can limit the time their kids spend online and encourage them to interact and play with other kids. Parents can also make an effort to know with whom their kids are chatting online with. If your children get defensive, shut down the computer when you come near the computer, they may be viewing inappropriate content.

Tips to keep your Kids Safe on the Internet:

Here are some tips to keep your kids safe on the internet:

  • Be Understanding:

    Kids should feel comfortable to share and communicate with their parents without the fear of being misunderstood. When kids feel their parents are understanding, they would be eager to share if anything uncomfortable happens on the internet

  • Educate:

    Educate your children the fact that there might be dangerous people out in internet. Children trust people easily and parents should educate them that people in the internet, chat rooms may not truthful

  • Check:

    Check the websites and chat programs your children visit regularly. If they are inappropriate, make sure you explain to your children to avoid them. Children might feel that you are intrusive and hampering their fun. However, this will be ensuring your kids’ safety online

  • Filtering software:

    You can install filtering software on your system. The filtering software restricts explicit websites by filtering them or blocking them

  • Computer placement:

    Keep your computer at a place from where it can monitored by you. This will make sure your kids are safe online. Keeping the computer in the family room is better than keeping it in the kids’ bedroom

Rules for your Kids’ internet safety:

The following are the rules you can set for your kids’ internet safety:

  • Never give your personal details on the internet. Personal details such as name, telephone number, address, password, school name etc should not be given
  • Never meet face-to-face with online friends or people
  • Never send your photographs on the internet
  • When someone on the internet offers gifts, or makes you uncomfortable, inform parents immediately

You can write these rules on a paper and stick it near your kids’ computer so that they will be aware of these rules.

Kids may not know many dangers lurking in the internet and these may harm them. Parents have the responsibility to guide their children so that they can browse internet safely and have fun too.

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