Teach Your Kids How to Stay Safe on the Internet

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With the modern age, the internet has grown into a very useful tool that can connect people from all around the world with the single click of a mouse. This power is very useful, but if not used properly it can become a weapon to attack you and your children. It is important to teach your children how to stay safe while they are on the internet so that they will not become victims to cyber predators. You can enroll for different internet filtering services or family-friendly internet providers, but you should not rely on technology alone to protect your child. Computers are in libraries, at school, friends' houses and everywhere.

Whenever we make usernames and accounts on the internet, we will always need to use passwords. Passwords are codes that allow a user access to their account, which usually contains confidential information and give the user power to the accounts. Children need to be told to keep their passwords and even usernames secret from other people.

Help your child find out the differences between fraudulent and legitimate websites. They should only provide their personal information and passwords to people they know and trusted sites. Emails from unknown websites or people should not be acknowledged, and children should never share their personal information with people they don't know.

Social networking sites are very popular nowadays, such as Facebook, Twitter, Club Penguin, etc. Children may find their ways to these sites, and this will help them connect with people from all around the world. They should know that their profiles are public and that anyone can see them. You need to teach them to control the settings on their sites so that they are private and protected. When they are making accounts, remember to tell your children not to use their full names. They should also meet the minimum age requirements for these sites, and parents can postpone their children's participation in some aspects of the internet by insisting these rules are followed.

It is important for you to know the websites that your child visits so that you can evaluate them and find out whether or not they are appropriate for your child. Make sure that the sites do not have any content which is not appropriate for your child's age. You can check the browser's history to review their activities. It is also a good idea for the internet-connected computer to be in the common area of the house like the kitchen or living room, not hid away back in a bedroom or a basement. That makes it easier for you to spot-check your child's activities on the internet regularly. It also discourages them from visiting sites they know you disapprove of.

Remind your child every so often that they should never meet anyone in real life if they have only talked to them through the internet. These people are strangers, and your children could get kidnapped or even worse if they meet them in real life. It is best if they only communicate with people that they have met before.

Some people keep a blog online, and children do blog as well. It is like an online journal that children write in. Make sure that they do not reveal a lot of information; otherwise it can be accessed and used against them. Blogging can help improve your child's writing skills and ability to explain their feelings, so if you permit your child to blog, choose a platform where you can control views and comments by strangers. You can also encourage your child to keep a paper journal instead, even if they create the pages on the computer and print them.

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