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Must-Know Tips on Internet Safety for Kids: How To Keep Your Children Safe Online




Nowadays, ensuring your children are safe online has become one of the biggest worries for parents. As children explore the internet they face numerous risks, including cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content, and potential threats from online predators. Protecting your child as they discover the online world is a necessity. This article will provide essential tips to safeguard your kids and make sure they continue to have a fun and safe time on the internet.

Setting Parental Controls

Setting up parental controls is a great way for you to control and limit what your child does online without having to be present 24/7. Parental controls are applications or tools that allow you to set restrictions on your child's online activities, ensuring they only see content deemed appropriate and safe. A few of the key benefits of parental monitoring software include constant secure location tracking and screen time management, to prevent overuse and encourage offline activities. The main benefits of parental controls however is the ability to enable content filtering and activity logging. Content filtering means you can restrict your child's access to sites that might contain inappropriate content or place them at unnecessary risk. Activity logging means that at the end of the day you will have a long list of all your child's online activities, including their search history and social media usage.

Parental controls are available on almost all devices and platforms, often not even requiring any additional software (ie. Google Family Link. Microsoft Family or Apple Screen Time). If you have any struggles setting up your own parental controls, don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to assist you and tailor it to your specific needs.

While parental controls are a comprehensive way of making sure your child stays out of harm's way, they can be overbearing and met with resistance from some who are more into their teenage years. The best way to make sure your child is being responsible online is by making sure they’re educated about the dangers that are out there, and having open conversations about appropriate online behaviour.

Establishing Ground Rules

Establishing clear ground rules for internet usage is crucial in ensuring your child's online safety. Involve your child in creating these rules, making sure they understand the reasoning behind it and creating a sense of personal responsibility.

  • Teach your child the importance of protecting their personal information online, such as their name, address, phone number, and school details

  • Ensure your child understands that you will be monitoring their phone

  • Explain the risks of cyberbullying, online predators, and inappropriate content, and encourage open communication if they encounter anything concerning.

  • Teach them to be cautious and avoid strangers, just the same as they would in the real world.


Social Media Privacy Settings

Social media is increasingly becoming an essential everyday part of children's social lives, and earlier on too. Bear in mind, most platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have an age limit on account creation, typically around 13 years old but there is no way to enforce it.  If you have decided to allow your child to partake in social media, it's vital that they know how to protect themselves and not make themself a target for scammers or predators. 

Privacy Concerns:

  • First and foremost make sure their account is set to private when possible. This will ensure only trusted friends and ,that your child approves themselves, will be able to see their content or message them.

  • Limit personal information on their profiles, such as where they live, how old they are, or any personal contact details.

  • Avoid posting detailed public photos that could identify their school or location.

  • Restrict private messaging to only pre approved users, such as a friend or relative, or just turn it off entirely.

  • Make sure they know how to block and report users.

Conclusion

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, safeguarding our children's online presence has become one of the biggest responsibilities for a parent. By implementing parental controls, establishing clear ground rules, and vigilantly managing social media privacy settings, you can foster a secure and positive online experience for your children. Ultimately, the internet will forever now be a part of every child's life, so it is vitally important that they learn how to use it safely.


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