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Talk to Your Children About Internet Safety
New Age of Entertainment
The Web 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 also 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, safety for our children is needed now more than ever. Social networking sites are the key areas of concern for children. 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
We can stream any television show or movie, all of it at our fingertips. Growing up in this new age of entertainment, safety for our children is needed now more than ever. Social networking sites are the key areas of concern for children. 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.
Parents need to educate themselves as well as their children about Internet safety because both are focusing a great deal of time on social media. The task shouldn’t be challenging because there are key points to follow. There are websites that offer simple solutions with easy to understand tips.
There are quite a few websites that help parents be cognitive of their kid's activities. Parents need to be selective and choose the one that they feel comfortable using. Then, families can read in detail safety information at each site and see if it helps. With that, here are eight simple, yet important, tips to keep children safe online.
Eight Safety Tips
1. Communicate about using applications and the Internet with your children, which means making the time to talk to them about proper 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 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 being safe 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.
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.
Have you taken the time to talk to your kids about Internet safety?
Check with Your School District About Internet Safety Rules
Another surefire way to make sure your children are following safety precautions on the Internet is to coordinate with your school district. More and more school districts are following Internet safety protocols and sharing them with their students and family. Just reach out to your administration office and inquire if they have any Internet safety guidelines.
Let Them Know You are Concerned
Some excellent suggestions of not just talking with your children about Internet usage but managing their activities with a security component available at websites. The Internet offers a great deal of information and plenty of freedom to pick and choose where to get that information. The key is to choose wisely. Finally, talk over 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.
If you want to set your kids right in a few seconds or as a reminder, tell them do not share photos, post comments that give your 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 you go beyond sharing with just friends and family.
© 2016 Kenna McHugh