With a generation of technology savvy kids growing up around and on the information super highway, internet safety is as important as never before. Keeping those underage safe from online predators is an important task set before software engineers and also social networking site owners and operators.
Unfortunately, parents are not as technology savvy as their kids, and therefore the call for Internet safety oftentimes goes unheeded by those who have the greatest influence on the online habit the children exhibit.
Although it would be naïve to suggest that you can spend every waking moment supervising your young computer user, there are some simple steps to take that ensure a heightened sense of Internet safety in your home.
First and foremost, there should be no Internet connected PC in a private area of your home. Instead, set up the computer in the middle of the living room or kitchen where there is ample foot traffic. Secondly, discuss the truths of online predators with your children.
Sugarcoating the facts is not sufficient anymore. Instead, keep it age appropriate but at the same time keep it as real as you possibly can when explaining the problems associated with online aliases and child predators.
Internet safety is extremely important and should be talked about with your children. They should know the risks associated with using the Web and know the consequences.
Kids and grown ups alike need tips and guidelines to follow when they get onto a computer. Instead of just jumping in feet first you and your kids need some simple to follow and easy to understand safety tips.
As identity theft cases continue to rise we have to protect our children?s personal information as we do our own. Inform your children that personal information includes their full name, birth date, home address or school location online.
Also protect phone numbers and email addresses also. Scam artist wait for the opportunity to steal a name or other personal information that they can use to sell to criminal individual for a profit. It cannot be stressed enough that keeping these safety tips in mind and continuously discussing them with your kids will protect them and could even save their lives.