Parents Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online & Parental Control
Until recently, ensuring your children remained safe online was a reasonably simple task.
Often the only computer they used was the family PC, which could be set up with parental control software that would limit the web browser and hopefully prevent them handing over passwords and personal details.
With the advent of mobile technology this landscape has changed rapidly. Now it’s not uncommon for a family to have tablets, laptops, smart phones that can access information online, and keeping control of all these devices can feel like a uneasy task.
1. Creating Awareness on Children Internet Safety
Creating an awareness of the wonderful possibilities the internet holds is a very positive approach, but it should definitely be augmented with conversations about the potential dangers of inappropriate content, cyber-bullying, and talking to strangers. As your child grows older they will also need different levels of supervision, and conversations should be on going, rather than having ‘the one’. Many schools now include these subjects in lessons, which gives you an excellent opportunity to continue the discussion at home.
2. Educate them about Child Privacy Online
While they will not fully understand the consequences of revealing personal information online, you should still make sure your children know:
* never to give their name, phone number, e-mail address, password, postal address, school, or picture without your permission.
* not to open e-mail from people they don’t know.
* not to respond to hurtful or disturbing messages.
* not to get together with anyone they “meet” online.
3. Apply standards You Adopt Offline to the Online World
“If you go out would you leave your front door open? Do you talk to strangers in the street who you know nothing about or meet them in a private location or abandoned places ? Do you tell strangers your deepest secrets and all your personal information?
Remember that people may not be what they seem and the 13 year old girl you are chatting with could be a 60 year old man
Just apply standards you adopt offline to the on-line world and this will increase safety online. Be sensible and just remember that you have to be on your guard . Be careful about giving our any personal information including photos as once they are out there they could go anywhere.”
4. Monitor Child’s Social Media & become Friends on their Facebook Instagram etc
Children’s today are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation.
While today’s tween’s and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social platforms.
Learn about these technologies first hand. There is simply no better way than to have a profile yourself. It will also enable you to “friend” your kids and monitor them on line.
Some time monitoring child digital activities become’s a challenge, they may be angry some times when you monitor their social media, However there are few Mobile Apps like NISCHINT to Manage , Monitor and Protect the Child’s Digital Activity remotely which has features like teen transparency etc.