10 Tips on How to Protect Your Children on the Internet
Protecting your children against Internet dangers often seems like a daunting challenge based on the number of predators and scammers who roam the Internet. Keeping children safe on the Internet requires both technical and nontechnical methods. It is important as a parent to remain diligent. The following checklist can help lead to greater Internet safety for your children:
- Supervise the use of all Internet enabled devices. This includes PCs, tablets, smartphones, music devices and games.
- Check the online communities that your children visit or use, such as chat rooms, social media accounts and their email.
- Have a real dialogue about the benefits and dangers inherent when using the Internet.
- Advise your children on appropriate postings for social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and discourage sharing personal information.
- Review privacy settings available on social media sites.
- Do not allow young children to have their own email and social media accounts.
- Maintain logins and passwords for your children’s accounts and monitor usage.
- Use software content filtering tools to monitor and restrict access to inappropriate websites.
- Maintain the administrative password of home PCs and restrict your children’s ability to load software.
- Be cognizant of any change in your child’s behavior.