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5 Ways to Keep your Children Safe Online

5 Ways to Keep your Children Safe Online

5 Ways to Keep your Children Safe Online

The internet is a harbinger of many things both good and bad.  The internet has made the world a global village, where people of different cultures and beliefs system connect.

5 Ways to Keep your Children Safe Online
5 Ways to Keep your Children Safe Online

The connecting factor of these people varies from one person to another. Some people are online to find the relationship with teenagers, luring them away from the protection of their parents to the world of sexual immorality. Others could be for some reason even worse than the one mentioned. Therefore, parents ought to protect their children from being a prey to the online scavengers.

Here are the top five things that parents can do to keep their children safe online:

 

Talk to your children about online dangers

It is necessary for parents to talk to their children about the dangers that are likely to be found online. The online, the children must be told, is full of junks and a lot of misinformation. The parents must teach the children to be careful of strangers who sound scary. It could be a way of luring them to what they don’t want to do. Though you shouldn’t scare them unduly, let them know that people have malicious intact.

 

Emphasize the importance of online privacy

Parents are to teach their parents about online privacy. Names, places of residence, the school that they attend, age, their location should not be shared online. Besides, teach them never to send pictures to strangers.

 

Discuss your family rules and regulations

Let your children know the family rules and regulations for using the internet. You can create your own digital use or cell phone use contracts (link is external). These contracts stipulate usage regulations; failure to adhere to family regulations should result in the suspension of online privileges.

Know your children’s passwords

Parents should have the right to check their children texts, browser history, and social media accounts periodically or if you feel that something is up.

Do not allow internet-enabled devices in bedrooms at night

Research finds out that the majority of online solicitation of minors takes place after 11 pm at night when parents are not around to monitor. While you may permit the use of phones and laptops in their rooms during the day, these devices should be returned to a common area at night for recharging. This not only promotes healthy sleep habits.

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