How can I keep my children safe online? Assuming that you have read many sources about accidents that may happen in the house. You will have the safety precautions to keep the dangers away from your children. These can be the fires, drowning, falls, choking, cut, burned, the sun, and everything else. Most of these accidents happen in the home. But do you know that the long-term danger comes from the nearby gadgets? You may consider phone, tablet, or PC is not harmful one because they are not sharp. They won’t hurt your children, physically. But mentally?
If you are not really sure about what we meant back then, you may need to question why you get your children a smartphone? Then the next question will be: “Can they independently filter the content that they are viewing?”, “are they responsible enough to respond any content that is shown on their smartphone?”
More important question is “Is your children mature enough to process any content shown in their gadgets?”
When your children are given the access to the internet, their world may or may not be tarnished with the adults’ contents or any other contents that they are not ready to perceive.
With the fact above, it does not mean that you should ban all the internet activities. Because children are just like us. They need information and entertainment. The internet has been proven to be one of the best sources for these. But parents need to know how to control the way their children use the internet. Here are some useful tips to keep your children safe online.
Talk to your children like you do in real world
You can start the conversation when your children are using their gadget to be online. What they do and see online is a bit similar in the real world. So, they will witness cyberbullying, bad behaviors, mean comments, and so on. Just like what you do in the real world, talk to your children what to do and not to do. Also, encourage them to look after their friends.
Know your children’s environment
Without knowing the internet environment of your children, it might be hard to advise them to be safe online. That means you’ll need to know what are their interests, which games they usually play, what social media account they use, and so on. Make sure that these apps are adequate for their ages. The simplest way to do this is by trying the apps by yourself.
Be clear about your family rules in using the internet. If you allow your children to use their gadget for gaming, or internet, make sure that you set the clear rules about using them. Discuss the ground rules for the usage. For instance, they are using a social media app. Make clear that they can’t accept stranger’s’ friend requests. Direct them to only accept people that they do know in real life.
Accompany your children when they are online
The statistic shows that the cyberbullying activity comes as the result of lack of supervision from the parents. Both bullies and their victims are most likely the internet users. That’s why it is very important to supervise your children’s online activity. Children are not mature enough to make decisions when they are dealing with abusive and harmful content. As the results, they can be either the bullies or the victims. Monitoring your children does not have to be patronizing their activities the whole time. The key here is to get closer to your children and make them open to you. Check their messages, wall posts, statuses, inboxes, and so on. If necessary, you could also look at their friend list. When they grow up, you will be able to respect their privacy as well as protect them from the predators out there.
Society has been tarnished by the bullies. And we also mean the internet as well. Spot any changes in your children’s behavior. The signs could be the nervousness when opening their social media account, or anything like that.
Carefully screen the apps and games
Not all apps and games are appropriate for your children. You need to filter them carefully. Give a good understanding why your children need to delete them from their phone. If you allow your children to use the apps and games, make sure that you set the privacy and safety settings. You can also tell them how important the privacy and safety settings are.
Know who are interacting with your children
There are many cases where the strangers made a contact with children to do fishy things. Everyone can have the access to your children. This can be through the games and other apps. Review their friend lists on regular basis. If necessary, you could screen the friend lists together with your kids. Look any sign of bogus profiles or scammers. Some friends are strangers who they have never met in person. Keep your children away from them.
Be your children’s social friends
Check the apps or games that your children use. If you have time, you can play the games together with your children. Befriend with your children on all their apps like Facebook, Twitter, QQ, and so on. It can also be nice to do these things together. Make sure you do it in your leisure time so that it can be a refreshment for you and your kids. Subtly tell them that there are some videos or photos that do not belong in the public domain. Discuss these things with your kids.
Be a good example
Obviously, children will mostly mimic cool things from adults and their parents. What you do in social media apps, or other apps on the internet can be the benchmark of your children in doing the same things. They will try different things since they are curious. And you are the closest person to them. They will trust you more than others. Don’t deteriorate this opportunity to ruin it. Be discreet and vigilant.
When to turn your wifi off
With the wifi connection at home, there’s a chance that your children access the internet without your supervision. The most convenient time for them is the bedtime. Although the time of the switch-off wife can vary from one household to another, 9 pm is the ideal time. When you apply this simple step, you’ll realize that your family has safer internet days.
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