Children using the internet are a growing concern for many parents and teachers, but in the technology, focused lifestyle that our society operates in, it’s a concern that is likely to increase and not decrease. The potential of exposure to risk is significant each time any one uses the internet for any reason.
If you have children in your family, you may like to introduce some of these simple, yet proven safeguards to protect your own children.
- Keep the computer in a central room of the house and not in the bedroom. This can be a family rule not just one for the children.
- Don’t use the computer as a form of childcare. Use the opportunity to share time with your children and to help them learn research skills and if they are visiting social media sites, to know which ones they visit. This is equally important for older and younger children. You may need to be creative in talking with older children so they don’t resist this action.
- Install appropriate software that offers security settings for safe surfing on your children’s computers.
- Children should be taught how to deal with any internet problems including how to deal with strangers who try to make contact with them and what to do if they inadvertently visit an inappropriate site.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of the internet and ensure you create open communication to encourage them to alert you of potential problems and dangers.
The Internet provides children with a world of possibility, but just as in the real world, children need adult protections, they need that same protection in a virtual world.