Tips for Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online
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Tips for Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online

Tips and help for parents to keep their kids safe online. The importance of shared responsibility with the kids should be stressed.

Online safety is a cry of parents whose concern is to ensure that the kids are safe online while using the internet. It is their responsibility to teach their kids safety guidelines. The fact is children are growing in the age of the World Wide Web. Despite the underlying element of risk in terms of online safety, the internet offers wonderful new opportunities and experiences – for great learning, for connecting with their friends and making new ones. They also discover a lot more by a click of a finger. 

Parents have to tune in to the lives of their kids online. It doesn’t mean that they need to hover their shoulder every minute. But it’s important to have an open relationship with the kids so that the children can discuss openly things they encounter online. By letting them know what’s okay and not okay online, as well as in the real world, provides them with clear guidelines for their own behaviour. They also learn the importance of acting responsibly.

Parental guidance and supervision help create a positive online experience for children. In addition to relying on their parents if something bad happens online, it’s a good habit to inculcate the proper online safety for the kids. Some of these include setting time limits how long they can spend on the computer each day. Somehow, this will have to be imposed when the family shares the same computer in the living room.

Online Safety Tips for Parents

  • They should prepare the children for any eventualities of both good and bad experiences online. They need not wait until after something happens.
  • They should communicate to the children that what happens to them online is a shared responsibility, theirs and the kids.
  • They need to stress the importance of being careful before clicking links and downloading any files that may cause harm to the computer or the children’s safety.
  • A search advisor can be used to help identify if a website is safe or not. If not comfortable with these things, a computer technician can be consulted or someone in the computer shop can be asked to assist.

There are available internet security softwares that can be installed. These programs protect the computer system not only from viruses but from hacker attacks, spam and scam email and other forms of malicious softwares and malwares. These online safety tools can help parents manage the computer when kids “stray” into online trouble.

For example, a software that can block objectionable content is offered by the Norton Online Family software. The software also sets daily limits for computer usage along with monitoring activities of children online.

Aside from making children aware of these online safety guidelines, parents should see to it that they are up to date with any latest changes or improvements relating online safety. 

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Comments (4)

Great article, Tel, and helpful suggestions for parents worried about keeping their children safe online.

Thanks, Laure. Twas a friend, a concerned young parent, who inspired me to write this. Have a good weekend.

Very useful information. Thanks

Glad you like it. Thanks Abdel-moniem.

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