Internet safety has become a prime concern these days, what with kids becoming increasingly proficient with computer technology.
Keeping those underage safe from online predators is an important task set before software engineers and also social networking site owners and operators.
Very often Internet safety measures are not used by parents who are in the best position to influence their children because, unfortunately, they are not as knowledgeable as they are in computer technology.
Although it would be naive 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.
For internet safety, any connected computer should be placed in a family area. 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.
It is no longer good enough to put a positive spin on the facts. 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.
You need to talk about the importance of internet security with your kids. Children need to know the potential dangers associated with being online.
Kids and grown ups alike need tips and guidelines to follow when they get onto a computer. Before you get too involved, make sure the kids understand the guidelines for safe internet usage.
It is important to protect the personal data of our kids as scrupulously as we protect our own since incidents of identity theft are rising steadily. It is better to explain to children that personal information consists of name with full details, birth date,home address or school address or online location.
Also protect phone numbers and email addresses also. Unscrupulous individuals look for opportunities to steal personal identity information, which they can then sell to criminals for a profit.
It is so important to adhere to these safety tips and to keep them fresh in your kids’ minds. It might just save their lives.