The benefits of the internet are vital to your kid’s growth, but it may also impose some danger when used incorrectly. So as parents, you should know the ways to keep your kids safe while using the internet.
1. Create a set of rules on how to use and what time your child can use the internet. It would be advisable if you discuss it with your kids or create the rules together with your kids. In this way, both of you can agree to each rule that you impose. This will give your kids a level of responsibility when they can participate in rule-making.
2. As much as possible, keep the internet-connected computer where adults can see it (and not in your kid’s bedroom). In this way, you can monitor the websites that your kids visit.
3. Speak to your kids about online pornography. You can direct them to websites about sexuality and health.
4. Block websites with malicious content. Although there are several ways to do it, the easiest way is to follow these steps: Keep one user name for the computer and one internet browser e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. This will allow you to monitor and access the internet activity of your kids. For Internet Explorer, you can change the setting of your security access by implementing the security zone on your Internet Options menu. This way, you can restrict website access and block specific websites that your kids shouldn’t see.
You can also use a firewall to block any unwanted content to enter your computer. There are several softwares that allow you to do this.
5. Show your kids how to use the internet properly. Although this may be taught in school, it is always good to spend some time with your kids while they use the internet. This way, you also bond with them and can direct them to websites that are right for their age.
6. If you allow your kids to enter chat rooms, make sure that they remain in public rooms. Tell him not to talk to anyone in private and absolutely no personal information (school, parent’s occupation, address, etc.) should be given to anyone.
7. Tell your kids not to give his password to anyone, even to his friends or classmates.
8. And, make the computer area free from clutter so that your kids will enjoy the time on their computer.