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Making Sure Your Kids Stay Safe On The Web

How To Make Sure Your Kids Stay Safe On the Web

The web can bring hours of entertainment for kids, but it can also bring danger. If your kids aren’t careful, they could be targeted by online predators and cyber bullies.

As a parent, it’s your job to protect your child from these dangers.

Here are some tips on how to keep your kids safe on the web:

Advise Your Child to Not Share Passwords

Online passwords are not meant to be shared.

If your child shares their password to one of their social media accounts, for example, with one of their friends, it could lead to trouble.

Children are trusting and naive in worldly ways making it’s easy for people to take advantage of them.

Tell your child they should never share their passwords with anybody even close friends. 

Set Ground Rules

If you want your child to stay safe on the internet, it’s important to set ground rules.

With all the content and connections on the web, taking precautions to protect our children is absolutely necessary.

For example, you could only allow your child to surf the web for an hour a day and only when you are nearby.

If they break any of your rules, you should restrict their computer use until they’ve learned their lesson.

Take Advantage of Parental Control Settings on Smartphones

If your child is on your cell phone plan, it’s important to utilize the parental control settings on their smartphone.

Whether the phone plan they’re on has unlimited talk and text or an unlimited data plan, smartphone safety is of the utmost importance.

That way, you can monitor what they’re doing and block them from going on websites you think are inappropriate. 

Pornography and seedy content are rampant on the net, so take the necessary steps to protect your kids.

Warn Your Child to Never Share Personal Information Online

The cyber world can be a dangerous place, so you must teach your child to never share personal information, such as his full name and address, to people they don’t know.

Your child should also never send photos to people they don’t know online.

Explain to your child there are dangerous people on the web and that sharing this information can put them in harm’s way.

Encourage Your Child to Report Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can have devastating effects on kids. If your child is ever bullied online by a peer, advise them to ignore the comments and tell you about it right away.

If someone from school is bullying your child online, you should report it to school officials immediately.

It’s perfectly alright to let your child use the internet if you take proper precautions. Protecting our children is a goal we can all live with. Following these helpful tips can keep your child safe and protected on the web.

About The Author

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Rachelle tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook.

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