The Internet is definitely one of the most beneficial technologies introduced in the last twenty years or so. It provides children with access to highly informative information and it can make their studies much easier.
Nevertheless, the Internet is not all sunshine and roses. There are some dangerous people and shady websites out there. As a parent, it is absolutely pertinent to take precautions to ensure that your children are not accessing and viewing inappropriate material. Below, you’ll discover tips for keeping your children safe online.
When it comes down to it, many parents do not talk to their children enough. This is creating a major problem and it is something that needs to be addressed immediately. Parents need to keep open lines of communication between themselves and their children. Parents should already be chatting with their children about predators in the real world. They should be doing the same for predators online. Parents need to sit down and discuss the risks with their children. Tell your children about the risks they’ll face online. Tell them how they can avoid potential problems. They’ll listen and they’ll use your advice to keep themselves safe online.
While you’re at it, you should put measures in place to ensure that your child is not visiting dangerous or inappropriate websites. You need to do this for your child’s computer, tablet and smartphone. After all, they can use all of these devices to access dangerous material. You can download and use a parental control app. These programs will put the power into your hands. They’ll give you the ability to determine which websites your child can visit and which websites are off limits. This is really one of the best ways to prevent your child from accessing inappropriate websites.
Many parents want to give their children freedom. This is fine. However, you also need to be in the know at all times. This is why it is absolutely pertinent to check in on your children from time to time. It might seem like a breach of trust. Nevertheless, you need to know what your child is doing online. You should not hesitate to log into their social media accounts from time to time. This will allow you to see what your child is doing and saying. In return, it can help you identify and address problematic behaviour as soon as possible.
Set Time Limits
While you’re at it, you’ll want to make sure that your child’s time on the Internet is restricted. Give them some freedom, but make sure that it is limited to some degree. Once it is bed time, your child’s electronics should be shut off. If you allow them to use the Internet all night, there is a good chance that they’re going to be doing bad things while you’re asleep. Put time restrictions on their Internet usage and this will make a big difference.
Use Your Router
The good news is that some routers are actually equipped with parental controls. If you have a router with these features, you’ll definitely want to take full advantage of them. Your router’s parental controls will give you the ability to restrict access to certain websites. And, this can work across all devices using the router to access the Internet. If your router doesn’t have parental controls, you’ll definitely want to consider making the upgrade as soon as possible.
Strategically Place Your Computer
Finally, you should be cautious about placing a computer in your child’s room. This is going to give them too much freedom. Instead, you should think about putting the computer in a centralized and open area. Make sure that you can keep an eye on the computer at all times. If your child knows that you’re watching, they’ll be much less likely to do something bad. Put the computer in the kitchen or living room to avoid potential problems.
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