Ensuring Internet safety for kids is more complex than ever before because it now includes all your family’s home computers, cell phones, and tablets. Every device should be a part of the safety program.
Creating a safer Internet environment for kids requires a careful mix of parental authority and family trust. Parental authority extends to using computer software with parental controls.
Trust includes educating your kids on the do’s and don’ts of living a safe digital life, and showing them the best, most interesting uses of the Internet.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
If children have their own computers or mobile devices, control their use through an administrative account and security software with password-protected parental controls. Use the admin account to block creation of new user accounts on children’s computers. And password-protect adult computers and accounts to prevent children from using them.
This includes both the times when they can use their personal devices and how long they can use them each day all week.
Explain why you care and what consequences they can face if they don’t follow family rules, which you’ll enforce with parental controls.
Then show them the family friendly things that you like to do. Sharing interest encourages trust.
It’s important to have accounts on these site yourself or at least have your children’s passwords so you can check in on them from time to time.
No personal information should be given out in screen names.
Don’t give personal information to online strangers.
Don’t send photos to anyone. Warn kids of the personal, public, and legal consequences of photo sexting.
Don’t share your passwords with anyone except your parents.
Don’t meet online friends unless your parents meet them first and give permission.
Don’t download anything without your parent’s permission.
Make sure that your kids know that they have your support and protection from online bullying. No child should be left alone with the social and personal humiliation that bullying brings. Sometimes it can feel that there’s no escape and your family should be that safer place.
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