Now more than ever, it is crucial to ensure that your children are as safe as possible when they are online. And though our advice presumes that you are introducing your child to technology, we know that’s not your reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reevaluate your child’s online activity and then reset. Start over using these tips as a guide for their online safety.
There are so many reasons that keeping your kids safe online is important. They range from future job prospects, to bullying, inappropriate sites, making purchases without permission, etc. Training your children to be safe online starts at an early age and continues until they are fully grown. We hope this tips are helpful.
1. Sit with them.
When they’re first starting out, make being online a family thing. Sit with them, play games with them, show them how to use Google, watch a few YouTube videos with them, etc. Make the internet something innocent, fun, and educational.
2. Be open.
As they get older and more experienced with the internet (and technology in general), discuss the potential drawbacks of using it inappropriately. Explain how unwise decisions can hurt their futures – as far as their reputation and financial well-being is concerned. If you leave anything open to interpretation, then there’s the potential for misinterpretation.
3. Set parameters.
Set clear expectations with your children. These should include:
- Time limits
- Browsing restrictions
- Only specific YouTube channels
- Purchasing and download approvals
- Adjust security settings on any social profiles they may have
4. Use an app.
To help with setting parameters, you can use an app (or even a security suite). Some security suites allow you to block specific websites and functions. You could use Sophos Home – it’s free for personal use and you can decide what to block and what to allow – https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx There are apps that can block kids from opening other apps or prevent them from downloading new ones.
More apps can be find here.
5. Give them space.
As they get older, give them space and trust them to use the internet and their connected devices appropriately. If you constantly harass them about what they’re doing and where they’ve been, it’ll be more tempting for them to go behind your back to do things they aren’t supposed to do.
We hope these tips help you gain some control over your child’s online safety. Our friends at NOLA Family offer additional and excellent resources. We also urge you to stay informed regarding cybersecurity. While businesses, particularly small and mid-sized, are especially targeted, individuals must stay informed. We are here to help guide you. 504-301-1094