If it were up to many parents including myself, we’d make sure that our kids didn’t have any access to the internet. Why? Because the online world is a strange and scary place filled with all kinds of things. But even though we wished we could keep the internet away from our kids, it’s almost impossible to do so since our lives now are very much intertwined with internet use. From school assignments and now online classes, our children are more exposed to the online world than we’d ever imagined. It is, therefore, essential that you take all of the right steps to keep your child safe while online. Now, it’s quite difficult to do this, because you can’t control everything that your child looks at. But you can do your best. Here are some things you can do to that:
The first thing that you should look at is child restrictions. As a parent, you have the power to restrict certain websites so that your children can’t access them. You can do this with any website that you know is inappropriate, and any other website that you come across that you notice is inappropriate. You can always add to this list when you find a new website or when your child does, so it’s not the case that you have to get everything in one swoop.
Keep an Eye Out
Another thing that you can do to keep your child safe when they are online is to keep an eye on everything that your child is doing. When they are younger, this might mean checking their internet history to see what they have been doing. Or, if you are particularly worried about someone that they are messaging, you can install certain software and apps that can access their messages. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the safety of your children, and sometimes this might mean invading their privacy. But, it also means that if something is wrong, you can step in and sort it before the situation gets worse.
Talk About Internet Safety
It is essential that you discuss internet safety with your children. If you want them to be safe while online, then you need to give them all the information that they require to make this so. Between you taking the correct precautions and them being extra vigilant, you’re going to be able to keep them as safe as possible. Make sure that they know not to open sites that they haven’t been on before and to ask you if there’s a new site they would like to look at. Discuss not clicking on anything that pops up on the screen and all other things like this.