(Written by Jonas Harris) In this rapidly evolving world, there’s no stopping your kids from being exposed to the World Wide Web. But while everyone could benefit from the abundance of information that is being offered by the internet, we are also bombarded by all sorts of negativity at all fronts in the cyberspace.
Today, digital devices are a way of life. Our kids are exposed to all kinds of digital solutions from the day they are born. In an effort to help them navigate these complex areas, here are two activities that you, as a parent, can do with your children at home to reinforce making good choices online. Check out the link: Parent Activity.
Not only is there a huge number of pornographic sites that could be accessed in a click of a mouse, but cyber bullying and online predators masquerading as harmless adolescents are also very real threats. So how can you protect your children from these harms?
1. Place the family computer in a common place in the house.
The best way for you to deter any inappropriate online behavior in the side of your kids is to make sure that they are in plain view of their parents when they are surfing the internet. This way if they plan to visit any for adults only website or just about any other website which isn’t related to school, then it’s going to be a lot more difficult for them to pull that through.
And be very wary of any weird actions your kids might be doing while viewing the internet such as fidgeting and being in a hurry to close applications when you are near.
2. Limit the time that your kids spend in the internet.
The more limited the amount of time your kids spend online, the less likely the chances are that they’ll be attacked by cyber bullies and online predators. When kids stick to the use of the internet only for the proper purposes such as school research, then they’re trained to stay away from websites which could put them at risk to interacting with online predators, cyber bullies and other sketchy individuals.
Kids who have free rein on when and how they access the internet develop reckless browsing habits which includes exploring websites that do not offer anything positive.
3. Set the parental controls on the family computer.
Operating systems just like Windows Vista have incorporated parental controls which adults can set to keep the minors in the house from accessing inappropriate websites and track the websites which they are browsing.
At the same time, you can also create a list of specific websites which your child is allowed to view. By doing this, if there is a certain site your child wants to access, then your permission has to be sought first in which case you can check out the website before giving out your consent.
As a reminder, always supervise your children while using digital devices. For additional information for parents, please click on the following resource page, Family Tips. The resource links provide important topics and discussions in this digital age.
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