The internet is a valuable source of information for people young and old, but it can be a threat to kids. You as the parent, wish to be positive that your kids are not taken advantage of by any people with ill intentions. This affair is disturbing to many, but there are things that can be done to add protection when using the internet. Let’s go over some of the best ways to keep your children safe while they’re surfing the net.
It is not always anonymous predators causing problems but sometimes it’s other kids from their school or neighborhood. Bullying and harassment that occurs online is described as cyber- bullying now. This can happen through social networks, instant messaging or even emails. These tactics have tragically driven some children into committing suicide.
Although this extreme is not normally reached, you still need your child to have open lines of communication with you in case this happens. If you find out that someone is bullying your child online, you can notify the site or platform that the bully is using, notify the school or perhaps the child’s parents.
In most cases online if a child is approached by a predator nothing happens as kids know not to respond to them. Although, just in case someone does manage to make some contact with your child, you need to be alert of the warning signs.
Phone activities are something that can be a cause for concern if this is unusual for your child. If you have never heard of someone and they send a gift to your child you should investigate it. You should be on the lookout for your child having secretive behavior about anything whether it is online or not.
If you connect with your child online then you will be able to keep track of what they are doing. You should learn more about the internet if you do not know as much as your child, as this is often the case. If your child is part of any services or social networks then you should join them and add them as a friend. You do not need to make a big deal about this, just do it a way to stay in touch easier.
Instant messages and emails are something you should send every so often. This will help you and your child stay in the same universe.
Paying close attention to their online activities should be easy to do, as long as your relationship with your children is already good. Part of growing up for a child is learning to be independent, but you don’t want it to happen faster than it should, because trouble could be waiting. Keeping your children from becoming victims on the internet can be done with the previous suggestions and using a little common sense.