The nowadays tendencies show that children are spending more and more time browsing through the Internet, communicating with friends or playing games. Three-year old toddler with parent’s smartphone watching YouTube cartoons is a common picture today. However, pleasant time spent in the Internet has its hidden risks: children may see inappropriate content, catch viruses, sexting, and become victims of cyberbullies or online predators. So any parent have to ensure themselves that kids have a possibility to surf the Internet safely.
Let’s face this, constant offline won’t work, and you will have no possibility to see every site that they visit. However, what you can do is to explain the correct behaviors in the web and teach them how to respond on the strange emails, replies and requests. Explain your children that there are sites that are inappropriate for them, as they are unsafe.
Here are some tips that will help parents to explain children what to do and what not to do online:
- Let personal information stay personal. Kids should understand that they should never reveal information concerning themselves and other people. For example, they should never share passwords, addresses, phone numbers and other essential data. Also they should know that they shouldn’t post pictures or other info about other people without permission.
- They should know what they click – do not trust links even from your friends because their devices may be hacked. Parents should also explain children that they can catch viruses that will damage the performance of the PC.
- Use parental control apps or software. It can do the following:
- Block certain content: you can block access to entire categories of the sites.
- Monitor messages, calls, emails and IM chats.
- Limit usage of PC or the Internet if you see that children spend too much time on the device.
With your help children can develop good online habits quickly.