Living in a tech-savvy world dominated by the wonder prodigy called ‘The Internet’ has its own pros and cons. With innovation and growth in advanced technology, we and our children are being constantly flooded with new apps. These new apps and websites (especially social media ones) grant us and our children with convenient access to our friends from all over the world within a few clicks.
No doubt, a plethora of those apps and websites help us build vital connections with our new friends and family members. But we should be aware of the fact that our children are being vulnerable online. And as they grow older, their friends start playing a more increasing role in their lives.
At the same time, your kid may not know the fact that the world is not full of people who love and want to make friends with them. Instead, nowadays there are plenty of fake people and scammers full of bad intentions behind the veil of the so-called “friendship”.
In such a scenario, an important question that often pops up in the minds of many parents is how to protect the safety of your loved ones. What safety tips we should keep in mind to make sure that our children are safe? This is especially true for teenagers to help them make the right choices while interacting with their friends online.
It is still possible to be a responsible parent and control your child’s online presence. The tips discussed here should guide you on how to keep your child safe online.
Start A Conversation With Your Child
You need to develop a strong relationship with your kids and make them feel free to approach you whenever they need your guidance on how to interact with new friends on the internet.
You can start a conversation informing your child about the risks and dangers they can encounter on the most popular online platforms. You should also advise them on the appropriate actions that they should go for whenever they come across such threats in their online interactions with their new friends.
Train your kids to always inform you whenever they see anything that they don’t understand on the internet or whenever they face any difficulties risky decisions as they interact with their internet friends.
Never judge them for what they did as it would only make them stay away or be scared to tell you anything when they desperately need a helping hand.
Teach them how to detect fake people on the internet, be kind to others and what kind of information to share on the internet. Modern-day people search-sites like Nuwber allow you to inspect the personality behind the online avatar they’re hiding. With those powerful tools, you will be able to check the real person your kid is talking to in minutes, all you need to do is to do a reverse search using the information you might have: telephone, name, address or email.
It may be hard for your kids to understand the internet risks and therefore you need to keep reminding them each day on what they need to do to be safe on the internet.
Keep The Computers In Common Access Rooms
It is also important that you monitor your child’s activities on the internet. If your kid spends the entire day browsing in their rooms then it may be difficult to know the kind of risks they are exposed to and how to help them out. Therefore you need to keep the computers in a common access area where you can monitor everything that they do online.
Use Parent Control Filters
Some kids will try to violate the internet rules that you set out and go on downloading what they think is best for them even without your knowledge. Use the parent control filters to create the most common scenarios on what your child can download and what to be browsed on the internet.
This ensures that your child is safe from internet risks that you worry about most. Some applications such as Google Chrome allow you to set your child’s profile and make restrictions on the sites that your child should not access.
You will, therefore, have an option to block sites that expose your child to nudity, pornographic videos, violence and profanity and set those from the rest of the internet.
You may only add the websites that are beneficial for your kid, keeping them safe from the internet dangers. If your child uses an Android phone to browse you can also download the Family Link app to control their online behaviors.
Explore Online Together
You need to interact freely with your kid. This may be a great idea to build stronger bonds making your son or daughter free to share some of their experiences on the internet.
In return, show them what you like most about the Internet and share your passions. This will give you an idea of what your kid does on the internet and advise them accordingly on what may be risky for them. Encourage them to learn what is beneficial and warn them against exploring risky website contents.
Know Who Your Child Is Talking To On The Internet
Make sure your children truly understand the dangers of sharing some personal information with their online friends or strangers.
Because of that, you should be aware of who your kid is chatting with on online apps or popular social platforms.
Get to talk to your child on how it may be easy for people to lie about themselves (their age, intentions or even personalities) to get some kind of advantage. Your kids should be always comfortable sharing the information they post online or getting you acquainted with people they talk to.
Set Rules And Agree On Some Online Boundaries
You should come up with a set of rules that will keep everyone safe on the Internet. One of the most common ways would be to specify the amount of time your kids can spend online, the list of websites they are allowed to visit (according to their age), types of data they can share within their social accounts and how do they choose people to chat on the Internet.
Avoid forbidding your kids to operate freely on the Internet. Instead, you will do more harm because nowadays children are more tech-savvy than their parents and can easily get away from something they don’t like. Explain to them the risks of dangerous online behavior so they understand what’s good and what’s not to bring safety to their lives.