20 Aug 10 Internet Safety Tips For Kids on the internet
While the Internet has made it possible for people to connect with each other and gain fast information, it also has its fair share of risks.
Just like in the real world, there’s a side to the Internet that you need to protect your kids from. While there are plenty of safety measures and online tools that you can employ to ensure your kids are safe online, it’s all too easy for young minds to stray into phishing scams and inappropriate content with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Want to know how you can ensure your kids safety online? Here are 10 tips to teach your kids before they access the Internet.
1. Think before you post.
One of the most important things that you need to teach your children about going online is that whatever they post online can affect future relationships. With the Internet providing a fake sense of animosity, it’s easy to post something that they could possibly regret later on. Teach your children to think before they post, especially if it’s something that will offend others. Make them understand that there are always consequences to their actions, even if it’s “just” online.
2. Steer clear of phishing scams.
To the untrained eye, it’s hard to tell a phishing scam from a legitimate email, so before you allow your children to have their own email addresses, make sure that you warn them about suspicious emails. If they’re asked to reveal personal details like banking information and/or passwords, they should first talk to you about it before doing — and sending — anything.
3. Protect your privacy.
No one is safe from cyber stalkers and identity thieves so remember to take necessary steps to protect your child’s privacy online, especially on social media. Take advantage of security features like login notifications and sharing options to ensure that your child’s account is kept private. Teach them to use nicknames wherever and whenever possible and avoid posting their personal details online like their email, mobile number, and birthday.
4. Don’t talk to strangers.
On the subject of privacy, teach your kids that they should only add and accept requests from people that they know personally. When it comes to starting online conversations, tell them they should only interact with people that the family knows.
5. Don’t make in-app purchases without parental approval.
While most games can be downloaded for free, there are some that encourage in-app purchases to gain boosters or reach new levels. Tell your kids to ask for permission first if they want to make purchases, or better yet, remove their ability to make online purchases by setting restrictions on their devices.
6. Speak up when you’re being cyberbullied.
These days, cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems among children and teenagers, which is why it’s important that you encourage them to approach you immediately if they get messages they don’t feel comfortable with.
7. Avoid using just one password for all accounts.
Having just one password for all accounts compromises online security so teach your children how to set different passwords for their different accounts — and a secure place for them to jot these down so they won’t forget. Secure passwords are usually more than 12 characters long and have a good mix of capital and small letters, numbers, and characters.
8. Make a list of “allowable” websites they can go to.
There’s no denying that the Internet can be a scary place. So before you allow your children to go online, come up with a safe list of websites that they can visit. You can also block sites on your browsers to prevent your kids from stumbling into the dark side of the Internet.
9. Use the Internet only when necessary.
With the Internet being more accessible to anyone with a laptop or mobile phone, it’s estimated that there are around 420 million people around the world who are addicted to it. Teach your child that Internet access is more of a privilege rather than a right — they can only go online when it’s necessary. Set boundaries like allowing them to 1 hour per day of Internet usage or a couple of hours during the weekend after they’ve finished their homework and chores.
10. Be a good role model online.
Lastly, encourage your children to be responsible Internet users. Constantly remind them that they should only use the Internet for good and not to cyberbully others or visit inappropriate websites. Be a good role model by showing them how to properly use the Internet and have safe and monitored interactions with others, so that they, in turn, can be model netizens as well.