10 Ways to Keep the Kids Safe While Online

Todd’s Note: I don’t think anyone would disagree that the internet has made life a little easier, has placed powerful resources in our hands, provides us with entertainment and at the same time provides a scary environment for our kids.  Some parents choose to shield their children from as much of the internet and online dangers as possible.  However, my opinion is that as they get older, they are going to find a way online or will eventually be put in a situation (school, job, etc…) where they will have to spend some time online.  I think it is a better strategy to provide children with skills and tools to be safe while they are online.

When used in a responsible and safe manner, the Internet can be one of the most powerful research and educational tools at a child’s disposal. It can expose him to a wealth of knowledge that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, help him experience other cultures and ways of life and encourage him to learn about the world around him. When used irresponsibly by children that have not been adequately taught about the potential dangers, however, the Internet can also be one of the most powerful tools at a predator’s disposal. These ten tips can help you keep your kids safe without depriving them of the valuable knowledge available online.

  • Take an Active Role in Monitoring – While you’ll want to provide your child with a certain measure of trust and freedom, it’s also important that you maintain an open policy about Internet and social media use. Make sure that you’re keeping tabs on what he’s doing online, and that you’re doing it in an open, honest manner that doesn’t seem like covert spying to your child.
  • Be Honest About Use of Monitoring Software – Monitoring software can be a very effective method of keeping up with what your kids are doing online, but it can also send a very clear message about your lack of trust if it’s used on the sly. Let your children know that there is monitoring software installed, rather than accosting them with evidence of misbehavior out of the blue.

 

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