Internet is full of information regarding prints, pictures, videos, games, and much visual presentation. They can be age-appropriate and inappropriate by the way it is presented and uploaded. In today’s world where people can get any information they like and can connect to any people they like, it can be a challenge to protect our children in the world of virtual where reality is hidden with false expectations. It has been seen that many children who are minors and are still learning about the world are being the victim of cyberbullying, crimes, and frauds. Not only children but many adults are coming up with many scams through the internet in many fashions. Consequently, it has been difficult for parents to protect their children from internet scams and traps.
Here are a few tips about how to protect your children from the internet:
Always check Web Browser History
So, you look at detective stories, and then why not shy about the history of your web browser. Be updated on what your kids are searching and looking for these days on the internet. Analyze through it and understand what the kids are going through in their lives which they haven’t shared with you. This can help parents to understand and do corrective actions needed. The parents can also know about the interest and the curiosity the children have. If they are on the wrong path, they can consult with their kids and talk in a friendly manner so that children can speak their opinions, thoughts openly.
Browser’s Parental Controls
Many Internet browsers are being responsible and have features of controlling the pages which provide nudity, violence, illegal kinds of stuff, and many more which are creating impacts in those developing minds. Many popular internet browsers like Google, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer have an option where you can easily set up Security Safeguard and Content Filters to prevent your children to have a safe virtual experience.
Teach your children to differentiate fake accounts
Facebook has encouraged people to get connected through messenger and chatting. People with fake accounts and criminal intentions can be found everywhere. Not only Facebook, but there are also many other social networking platforms where people disguise themselves as someone who he/she is not. In this case, teach your children to know if the person is real or fake. Show them that they can be harmful and can lead to many bad consequences.
Private information is for private
Children of this age are forward and want the world to see their lives but they have to make sure not to expose every private detail with the world like phone numbers, home address, debit or credit card number and other information which can help predators to attack them virtually. It is the parents’ role to make their children know that private life information is meant to keep private and only be shared if needed.
Keep the track of your children’s activities
Lastly, make sure that you are keeping an eye on every activity of your children. See if there is any slight change in the behavior of your children. Many children are keeping the pain inside by themselves; make them believe that you are there for them in need. Don’t be over strict which can encourage them to become rebellious, it’s just that, give them freedom but with limitations which they can compromise.
Internet is a great place to learn so try to make sure you help your children to utilize them. They are innocent and can be easily trapped which is the main concern for every parent. Therefore, be their friend and watch an eye for them so that they don’t get into the wrong paths.