Following are the risk factors that are involved in the internet usage of your child:
- Children may contact people who want to bully, exploit or abuse them.
- Kids may become perpetrator or target of cyber bullying
- Harmful, extremist, violent, racist or explicit material can be viewed by kids as it is widespread on the Web.
- Your children may be gaining access to your own personal info saved on your computer.
- Aggressive marketing and advertising material may be directed at your kids.
- Your children may enable spyware and viruses by misinformed or careless usage of your computer.
Keeping Kids Safe Online
There are many ways to protect children online. Certainly, the most effective one is to teach and educate your children from very young age about the risks that appear while using internet. Some questions arise here: how one can spot them? what action should be taken? There are many age-appropriate educational resources available online for guardians/parents, teachers, and even children themselves, that cover almost every aspect of internet safety for kids.
Parents should also take the following measures for online safety of their children. Keep in mind that these factors change with the growth of your child and they should be reconsidered on regular basis.
- Set some ground rules regarding usage of the texts, internet and email of your kids.
- They should be taught to take responsibility for their own actions and develop their own judgments.
- Make your children aware of the fact that online contacts are not always as they are appeared to be.
- Children should keep personal info and details private.
- Make sure that your kids use a family email address while filling out online forms.
- Your children must not meet unsupervised people they have contacted using internet.
- Teach your children to tell about their worries regarding any online behaviors, messages or conversations to you.
- Encourage them share their online experience with you for making it a shared family experience.
- Teach your children to report online bullying via text message or cell phone without delay to you.
- Use the parental control settings on internet security package, search engine and web browser.
- Use special parental control software for maximum internet safety and/or mobile tracking tool for parental control (like mSpy).
- Block spam emails and pop-ups.
- Enable internet access from only your family computer that is located in any shared room.
- Select a child-friendly home page in your web browser settings.
- Learn the chat room’s language and log on to it to know how it works.
- Set up a family e-mail account that could be used particularly for registering for sites or competitions.
- Tell your children not to copy the copyrighted content like software, films or music.
- Make sure that your kids don’t have access to the logon account that you own thus they can’t access, delete or alter your files.
- Limit your kids’ access to credit cards or bank info. Similarly, make sure that they don’t gain access to any online store or other site where your personal details are saved.
- Set some limits on the internet use of your children.
- If you find out that a pedophile is grooming and trying to harass or stalk your kid, contact the local Police or ask advice here http://loveourchildrenusa.org.
Hopefully, these tips will help parents to make sure that their kids are out of danger. Online threats can be a serious issue, still, it is possible to avoid it.