The internet is a valuable source of information for people young and old, but it can be a threat to kids. When surfing the web, you will find criminals, stalkers and many undesirable people who are predatory, you need to be wary at all times. This is an issue that many people are concerned about, but fortunately it’s not that hard to keep the risks to a minimum. Let’s go over some of the best ways to keep your children safe while they’re surfing the net.
The problems are not always caused by unknown predators online but by other children that know your kid personally. A new term for forms of bullying and harassment that happen online is cyber-bullying. This can happen through social networks, instant messaging or even emails. Unfortunately because of these tactics, some children have committed suicide.
Your child needs to feel free to talk to you about things like this, just in case they do reach this extreme. You can notify the school, the parents of the child or the site the bully is using if you find out your child is being bullied.
Making your children feel safe and secure takes a balanced effort. Quite often parents that try to be too overprotective end up driving their children to do the very thing they want to prevent. Instead of focusing on preventing the bad, it would be better for you and your children if you spent your time stressing the good places on the internet. No matter what you do, there is no way that you can keep your children away from everything bad, either online or off. You should be aware of what your child is doing online and who his online friends are, but that doesn’t mean you have to watch every keystroke. Becoming a victim is what a lot of the internet is about, so teach your children not to let it happen to them.
Where children can be taken in quite easily is through the instant messaging done online. Online predators are not easily spotted, because they can pose as kids themselves, and how are you going to know. The problem with the internet is being able to find the right security measures for watching over your children. Whether your children have their own computer or use yours, instant messaging can be blocked by using the right software. When you have approved a friend, limited options to chat are given by other products. This is usually preferable to forbidding a child to IM at all, as this could make them feel deprived and want to do it behind your back (which, the truth be told, isn’t that hard to do nowadays). Maybe the best you will be able to do with helping your children, is simply knowing who it is they are chatting with.
Paying close attention to their online activities should be easy to do, as long as your relationship with your children is already good. Having too much independence on the internet for younger children will cause problems because it will make them grow up too quickly. Keeping your children from becoming victims on the internet can be done with the previous suggestions and using a little common sense.