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Keep Kids Safer Online

Updated on November 14, 2018
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Kenna has worked with international software companies and learned from the best programmers and coders.

We can stream any television show or movie, social media chat groups, and online kid and teen magazines. They are all at their fingertips. Growing up in this new age of entertainment, digital safety for our children is needed now more than ever.

Info Tech
Info Tech

Internet Safety for Kids

The Internet safety for kids has everything to do with our lives from personal computers to mobile apps and laptops. We use an application and are mesmerized by the ease and efficiency of its performance. Share our new found app with friends and family not knowing we are sharing our private lives with the owner of the app. We can stream any television show or movie, all of it at our fingertips. Growing up in this new age of entertainment, Internet safety for our children is needed now more than ever. Social networking sites are the key areas of concern for Internet safety for kids. Now, you can watch videos, listen to music, and chat at the click of a finger. With that, the more that children partake in social media, the more they are able to view inappropriate content and are in danger of being contacted by predators.

Wise Geek
Wise Geek

Social Media Safety

Parents need to educate themselves as well as their children the about facts Internet safety and why Internet safety is important because both focus a great deal of time on social media. The task shouldn’t be challenging because there are key Internet safety tips for teens and parents. Even the younger kids should pass an Internet safety quiz. There are websites that offer simple solutions with easy to understand tips.

There are quite a few sites that help parents be cognitive of their kid's social media and Internet activities. Parents need to be selective and choose the one that they feel comfortable using. Then, families can read the details at each app and see if it helps. With that, here are eight simple, yet important, tips to keep children stay safe online.

Social Media & Internet Safety Tips

1. Communicate about using applications and the Internet with your children, which means making the time to talk to them about safe online and social media behavior.

2. Explain to your children they need to trust their instincts—and inform you if they sense nervousness or feel uncomfortable about anything regarding safety online or with social media.

3. Sit down with your children and discuss using instant messaging, chat rooms or online video games that involve a login name. You can help them create a name that doesn't reveal anything about who they are or personal information.

4. Discuss with your children how the importance staying online and in social media consist of keeping their "real world" information private. They never give out their phone number, address, or personal details like their birthdate and where they go to school and hang out.

5. Speak to your children about never meeting “friends” in person because some people online and in social media are not who they say they are even if they say they are safe or share similar interests.

6. Educate them on capturing illegal copies of other people's work like movies, music, games, and so forth. It is like stealing it from a store.

7. Let them know that what they read on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Urge your children to ask you if they're not sure about being safe online.

More and more school districts are following Internet safety protocols and sharing them with their students and family.

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School District Digital Safety Rules

Another surefire way to make sure your children are following online safety precautions is to coordinate with your school district. More and more school districts are following Internet safety rules and sharing them with their students and family. Just reach out to your administration office and inquire if they have any Internet safety tips or rules.

Know Internet Safety Facts

Some excellent suggestions for not just talking with your children about Internet and social media safety usage but managing their activities with a security component available at websites.

The Internet and mobile apps offer a great deal of information and plenty of freedom to pick and choose where to get that information. The key is to choose wisely and be aware of Internet safety facts. Finally, talk about the eight points more than once or twice with your children. Let them know you are concerned about their social media habits and online activities because you want them to be safe online.

Do Not Share Information

If you want to set the basic Internet safety rules with your kids in a few seconds or as a reminder, tell them do not share photos, post comments that give their name, address, school, and when playing video games don't let them know who you are. Let your kids know that you are aware they interact online. The risk happens when they go beyond sharing with just friends and family.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, Linda. I hope it helps parents because it is an important issue.

    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Kenna this is a very informative interesting and a must read hub for any parent or guardian, super job. Linda

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting. I use Nortons and McAfee.

    • hubber8893 profile image

      Sourav Rana 

      2 years ago

      Yes I did in the past and it was amazing in regards of working.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting...Avast is based in the Ukraine and is free. Do you use it?

    • hubber8893 profile image

      Sourav Rana 

      2 years ago

      Nice tips for child safety in the mode of internet. Avast has also brought an application for parents to monitor their child's web activities and I think it helps a lot.

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