It seems like the whole world is in full-blown tech mode, where kids as young as two have their own tablets and access to internet games. While the online world can be a great thing for people of all ages, it should still be approached with caution, as there are still prevalent dangers that could affect your family.
This article runs through four ways you can monitor your child’s online activities, regardless of their age. Why? Because, as a parent, it is your job to keep your kids safe.
Parental Controls are a No-Brainer, but Change the Password Often
Parental controls allow you to pick and choose what your kiddo can and cannot see when they are watching videos or surfing the web. However, most kids are sneaky and curious, so reset the password often to ensure they can’t figure it out and do whatever they want when you’re not watching them.
Get Involved with What Your Child is Interested in Online
Does your kiddo love to watch anime cartoons on streaming networks? Do they like playing public MMOs or RPGs? Take an interest. Do your research on what they like to do online. This will make you better aware of anything dangerous that might accompany those kinds of interests.
Keep Computer, Tablet, and Cellphone Use Designated to Public Areas of the House, like the Living Room
Keeping electronics in a family space makes it harder for children to stray into unsavory parts of the internet. Yes, that temptation is still there, but less so when mom or dad is over their shoulder.
Kiddo having a hard time “remembering” the rules? Say them into digital dictation equipment and play them back whenever your kiddo is selective with the boundaries you set.
Teach Children to Protect Themselves—Be Honest and Upfront about Scams, Predators, and Other Dangerous Online Activities
Understandably, you want to protect your children from the dangers of the world. But while that’s a noble cause and effort, you need to let your child in on what you’re striving to protect them from. Talk openly about the dangers of the internet—from predators and traffickers, to scammers and identity thieves. Don’t use these things about scare tactics, but don’t downplay how dangerous any of these things can be.
Teach your child how to avoid conversations with people that ask for sexual favors in texts or emails. Teach them how to never give out personal information, i.e. street address, full name, or phone number. And teach them how to come to you if anything catches their eyes as suspicious online.