Cyber Safety Tips
In modern era, when every child has an online connected device and can access the Internet right in the middle of a country filed, the importance of cyber safety is crucial as never before.
What is cyber safety, you may wonder. From parental control perspective, it can be explained as a set of rules to follow to create a secure environment for your kids’ interaction with computers, smartphones, tablets, and the Internet.
In other and more simple words, cyber safety for kids refers to what you should do to protect your children online and prevent them from dangers like online predators, cyberbullying, sexting, explicit content etc.
Below you will find some recommendations on how to maintain safety on the web. Have a look at them and try to stick to them as close as possible. Thus, you will protect your children, when letting them use the Internet.
1. Make sure that your kid doesn’t spend all the free time near the computer or with a mobile phone in hands. Set limits on when and under what conditions he or she is allowed to use the Internet for fun. Encourage your kid to spend more time with friends, playing football, or just going for a walk rather than surfing the web, wasting time on social media, or chatting online.
2. If you have a desktop computer or laptop at home, keep it in a place, where adults can monitor it (living room, kitchen etc.). Thus, you will always know what your child is doing online and be able to check websites he or she visits at any time.
3. Educate yourself to know enough about computers, mobile gadgets, and other modern technologies. Thus, you will be able to enjoy your kid’s time spending together. Moreover, you will be able to give your kid advice and be sure you know what he or she is up to.
4. Explain your kid that he or she should never meet online friends in real life alone. There are many misgiving strangers on the web. If your child decides to go and meet anyone from the web, an adult should accompany him or her there.
5. Monitor browsing history and bookmarks to always know what websites your kid visits. Block inappropriate ones in advance. Make a list of allowed web sources.
6. Talk to your kids. Teach them online safety. And make sure that he or she feels comfortable to come up to you and talk if something goes wrong.
7. Don’t let your kid use social media or online chats, unless you know how to monitor them remotely.
8. Teach and encourage your child to share with you what he or she likes or dislikes online. What is his/her favorite websites. What kind of videos he or she likes to watch or blogs to read.
9. Explain your kid to protect personal information. Thus, he or she shouldn’t share phone numbers, addresses, school, parents’ names, and plastic card numbers neither with strangers nor with friends.
10. Try to get to know online friends that your children communicate with. Just the same way as you know their friends from schools or neighborhood kids.
11. Explain your kid that online strangers he or she chats with can pretend to be anyone. That’s why he or she should beware.
12. Make a list of family rules. You can use some of the aforementioned and make up your won ones. Agree them with your child. Print them and put or hang somewhere near the computer on a visible place.
Hopefully, these online child safety guidelines will be of help. Additionally, have a look at the infographics on How to Protect Children on Smartphones and Tablets to learn more about online security. Keep your eyes open with Pumpic.