Internet Safety – Top 10 Tips for Parents

by roshi on July 26, 2011

in Tips

Internet safety for parents has become incredibly important with huge amounts of current generation’s time and energy being spent in the online world. Internet safety is of course incredibly important for us and our children so exercising proper caution is essential. With that in mind we have put together list of the ten best internet safety tips for parents.

  1. Keep computers in open space Keeping computers in an open space is essential to ensuring your child’s safety. If computers are in an open space your child will be much less likely to view inappropriate material or to engage in inappropriate behaviour. You will also be able to monitor your child’s activity without being invasive towards them.
  2. Supervise your children In line with the above supervising your children is essential at a younger age. Not only can you ensure that they are behaving appropriately but you can also use the opportunity to educate your child in internet safety.
  3. Manage your children’s privacy Managing your children’s privacy is essential to ensuring they do not become a target. Check their social network privacy settings and ensure their online accounts use high levels of security. Further encourage your child to use a pseudonym when engaging in online social activity so that their identity is further guarded.
  4. Encourage children to report inappropriate behaviour Making your child aware of what constitutes inappropriate behaviour is of curse a first step but you also need to make sure they know how to report such behaviour. Firstly of course (to you as a parent) but also online itself. In minor cases reports can be made to site owners and moderators and in larger cases the authorities. Making sure your child knows how to report such behaviour is essential in ensuring their safety.
  5. Be wary of who your children talk to online Making sure you are aware of whom your child talks to is essential to their safety and also you own reassurances. Making sure your child knows who to talk to is incredibly important to their safety and if they wish to meet someone they know online you should ensure that you are present for the duration of the meeting.
  6. Create online time limits Making sure that your child’s internet time is limited reduces their exposure but it also means they will differentiate between the offline and online world’s more effectively. In terms of your child’s wellbeing this is essential for proper social development and to prevent them seeking companionship in less secure ways.
  7. Teach children appropriate online behaviour Equally essential to online safety is teaching your child what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate behaviour online. This is just as important as other people’s behaviour towards them. Inappropriate behaviour can expose your child to unscrupulous individuals and you should make sure your child can clearly delineate between behaviours.
  8. Use family internet filters/software Using parental control software is a very good way to prevent your children from being exposed to inappropriate content. Parental control software prevents your child from accessing adult sites and inappropriate content and once installed runs itself. You can adjust the setting as well as being able to track your child’s internet use allowing you to spot potential pitfalls.
  9. Educate yourself Educating yourself is essential to keeping your child safe. The internet changes constantly and there are always new crazes, fads and regrettably threats. Familiarising yourself with the sites your child is most likely to use and updating yourself when new threats arise is essential to maintaining your child’s safety.
  10. Teach children privacy Privacy is the most important internet safety tip for parents that we can give. Teaching your children how to control their personal details, choose strong passwords and teaching them the information that they should never share with strangers is essential to keeping them safe. This should be the first and most often reinforced of all internet safety lessons.

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