In the crazy world of cyberspace, it is important for parents to teach their kids the dangers of the internet but also inform them on how to stay safe in cyberspace.
Electronic Express is here to offer helpful and friendly tips to ensure online safety for both kids and teens.
Parents should monitor their children’s internet activity by setting house rules. Decide how much time they are allowed to be online, and which sites they may go to. Children run the risks of accidentally downloading and clicking on pop up ads that can often lead to viruses and leak personal information. Parents should install parental control software to give complete control over what the kids can access on the internet, while also informing them of the dangers of computer viruses.
Children should know not to give out their name, phone number, e-mail address, password, postal address, school or a picture without permission. Parents of children and teenagers should make sure they have their kids’ passwords for an extra safety caution. Privacy awareness is not just personal information about oneself but also the importance of others such as family and friends.
Parents should encourage respectful online behavior, especially for those on social media sites. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It is also important to encourage children not to engage back in that behavior.
Parents should also educate themselves on social media safety techniques, and they should know what social media websites their kids are on.
Parents should have an open and honest talk about the dangers of the internet. Both kids and teens should also make sure they know to never agree to meet someone that they have met online.
With great internet use comes great responsibility!