Technology is continually becoming a more integral part of the lives of our children as they grow. Of course, no parent wants their child to encounter inappropriate content online. There are some steps you can take, luckily, to help keep your children safe online and give them a positive experience. Below are five of those steps.
- No electronics in the bedroom: when your child is online behind closed doors, it’s hard to keep them safe. Your computer should be kept in a communal area so their online activities can be monitored. Remind your children that you are simply looking out for their safety, not snooping. The same rule should apply to other electronic devices.
- Use parental controls and Internet filters: these filters and controls can help keep your child from finding adult content online, either on purpose or by accident. Setting up parental controls can also help you have direct control over search options.
- Decide on strong passwords: not only do you need strong passwords to help keep your personal data and sensitive information safe, but it is important to teach your children why they should also create strong passwords. Remind them to never give passwords to anyone else besides you. Use strong passwords on your parental controls and Internet filters that your child would not know. Also, teacher children about cyber criminals and how they can still passwords to get to your visit of information.
- Set strict rules and lead by example: you may need to limit screen time for your children for whatever reason. If so, make this a rule. It is important for you to also follow those rules, though, so they will better understand the importance of them.
- Openly communicate your children: children will often stumble upon things online or run into an online bully. They are often afraid to let their parents know about these incidences because they don’t want to get in trouble. By encouraging communication that is open and honest, you can help keep your kids safe online. Teacher child that your role is to help them navigate online, not to punish them.
Though it is impossible to control everything online your child is, the above steps are practical ideas to help keep them safe.