You are not the only parent concerned with their child’s safety online. Internet programmers and website owners are also concerned about your children being as safe and as healthy as possible. Keeping this in mind, they’re constantly attempting to make websites safer and more secure for children, and trying to protect them from possible Internet threats. To combat threats against your children, you need to be proactive about their safety online.
Keep any computers in the house in easily accessible areas, where you can see what websites your child is visiting, while you are standing in the room. Internet monitoring lessens the chances of children visiting inappropriate sites. The less privacy they have on the Internet, the safer they are, even if they don?t like it.
There are programs created each year which allow you to pick and choose the sites you feel are most appropriate for your child to visit. If the child tries to go on a site which is restricted, he or she will be asked for a password. If the wrong password is entered, access to the site will be denied. This way you can monitor and regulate their internet surfing.
Remember to change your password frequently and make sure it is not something your child will be able to easily guess. Giving your children access only to sites which do not have a chat function can be most effective when trying to protect them from potential online predators.
It?s important to be proactive, but teaching your child how to stay safe when they?re online is the best weapon you can use against online predators.