Internet safety has never been quite so important as it is now, with all of our technology smart kids growing up on the Internet. Keeping children safe from online predators is a top priority for programmers, social networking sites, and parents.
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.
There are simple steps that you could take to ensure a keen sense of internet safety in your kids that will relieve you of your concern about their computer use without supervision.
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. The next thing to do is to make a point of discussing online predators with your kids.
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. The dangers of the web are well documented.
Everyone needs guidance when they work on a computer regardless of their age. Before you get too involved, make sure the kids understand the guidelines for safe internet usage.
As identity theft cases continue to rise we have to protect our kids 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.
In addition, make sure your phone numbers and email addresses are kept private. 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.