These days, it takes more than passwords to keep children restricted and safe online.
Now, more than ever, children go online at a rapid pace, and parents can’t help but be concerned about safety issues when their kids are online. Too much screen time, potential exposure to strangers and inappropriate content are all dangers that can be avoided when the right security measures are put in place.
While most kids are just watching videos or playing games, others are potentially going to end up being exposed to something dangerous online, and you don’t want that kid to be yours. Teaching your kids to be safe online is important as it’s the best way to ensure they know how to handle any type of situation they find themselves in online.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has put together some tips that will help keep your kids safe when they go online:
Curiosity shouldn’t kill the cat
Most browsers and search engines allow parents to enable child safety features. These features help to prevent your child from gaining access to sites they shouldn’t see. Simple alternatives such us a Kiddle search engine as opposed to Google will ensure your kids go down the right searching rabbit hole.
Do your research
Make sure you take a look at your child’s browsing history. Ask plenty of questions and make sure you know who your child’s online friends are. You might even want to sit with your child to see what is going on. Show your child that going online isn’t an activity to do in private. Do some research on the sites that your child is visiting and look at the ratings. You might also want to see if the sites have parental control features.
Lay down the law
Setting rules for when your child is using the Internet is important. Ensure all devices are kept out of the bedroom and placed in a common room, which will help you keep an eye on your child. Come up with a plan that will work for your family, and set firm time limits on Internet access to an hour or two a day.
Better safe than sorry
It’s important to create strong passwords to protect your personal and sensitive information. Teach your kids the importance of creating strong passwords and how they should never giving their passwords to anyone else.
Keep all tabs open
Cyber bullying continues to be on the rise. According to Pew Research Centre girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying than boys. Overall, around 36% of girls have reported being cyberbullied, as compared to 26% of boys. If your child is mistreated, bullied or harassed online, they should feel comfortable and open enough to talk to you about it. Always remind them you want to help them, not punish them. If they’re mistreated online, they should let you know immediately so you can take the necessary steps to help them.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.