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 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.
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.
A computer with an internet connection should be in an open area of the home so you can see what is going on. 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. While making it understandable for the child, frankly discuss the types of predators that might be lurking on the internet under an alias.
Internet safety is extremely important and should be talked about with your children. 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. It is better to first learn easy to follow tips on safety before you and your family plunge into internet use.
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 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.