Some children get away with anything and they are little angels in their parents eyes. When they want something they can have it, you surely wouldn’t stand in their way. You maybe let them do lots of things around the house that they’re too young for. Please don’t take offense to that because you’re not the only person who has given their kid some extra leeway. The problem comes when they could be in danger because of the freedom they have and the worst part is that you don’t even know how serious it is.
Are your children allowed to play freely on the Internet? Everyone loves to play online, but what you probably don’t realize is that it’s a very dangerous place for children to play. I’m sure you’ve heard a few horror stories and still you think it doesn’t apply to your children. If you want them to stay safe you must start tackling the problem right now. You don’t need to ban them from the computer because they would probably hate you, but you can use a few tricks that will help protect them and we will go over them now.
Stop them from sharing
Your children can’t give anyone their personal details when they go online. Even if they know the person they still can’t because you don’t know who else will see. Nobody should know their age, where they live, and especially what they look like. Everyone goes crazy and starts posting all sorts of private things online and even adults can suffer some serious damage because of it. Children are too young to protect themselves, so don’t let them share anything.
Block certain sites
Some sites are pretty sick, whereas some are just not suitable for children. You don’t want them going on anything like that, so you need to buy some parental control software and block out all the sites they shouldn’t be going on. You will have the password and control everything, so if a perfectly OK site is blocked accidentally you can still override the software manually. As they get older you might be able to increase the amount of websites they can visit.
You need to teach them
The last person you want teaching your children about the Internet is their friends. They could be teaching them anything, so you need to get in there first and get them up to speed with everything. This is where you can warm them of some dangers that lurk in cyberspace and they will know what to watch out for. Once they understand the danger they can spot it from a mile away. It’s also great if they have a big brother or sister that will keep an eye on them.
Holding all the keys
When you sign-up to certain sites there will always be passwords involved. You will obviously have to control all the passwords your children have and there’s no exceptions. With some of these sites you never know what’s going on behind the scenes in private messages. If you have their passwords you can go on whenever you feel like it to make sure they are safe. You might need to stress to them that it’s not spying, but merely being a good parent.
Opening up to you
The only reason your child will tell you anything is wrong is when they don’t think they’re going to get in trouble for what’s happened. If something has been happening online and they need help you must sit down and speak to them. They will try to keep it a secret and under no circumstances is this a good thing. Bad people could be verbally hurting them, or even blackmailing them and it’s up to you to make sure they open up about all the bad things they face online, so talk to them every so often.
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Jason HAddad has been using spy software since long to keep a check on his son’s internet activities. This must be done by all parents keeping in mind the vulnerability of children to cyber crime.