Safer Internet Day: Tips for online child safety
Smartphones, tablets and computers are being used more and more in families, schools and offices. Thus, every family needs to teach the kids how to use these devices safely and stay away from hackers and other cyber criminals.
On the other hand, about 14 percent of the children accepted that they had sent pictures of themselves or others which their parents would not have allowed had they known. While these statistics are alarming, it is important to teach children to use the internet safely.
Do not ban completely
It is not safe to ban the use of internet completely. Children should be allowed to use mobile phones and the internet but there should be measures to monitor what they see on the internet. Children should often be instructed and taught on what is safe and what is not. They should also be taught what to do if they do something unsafe for them.
It is important to explore the web together with your child. This will be an opportunity for parents to teach them more about internet safety and how their information can be used against them if they did not follow the instructions by parents. It is also very important to monitor who the child is contacting online.
Monitor age-appropriateness of content
It is important to let the children view only age appropriate content. Check the browser’s home page to a particular website that is appropriate for the child. If you feel that your children is too young for some websites, take measures to make the website inaccessible.