Being a parent isn’t an easy thing as you have to do everything in your power to keep your kids safe.
The internet is here to stay, and while you can’t be there for your kids all the time when they are on the internet, you can take some measures to make sure that they are not being bullied or harassed online.
In this article, I am going to highlight four important tips that you must consider keeping your kids safe when they are using the internet.
Keeping Kids Safe Online: Talk Openly About Internet Security
The very first and most important thing that every parent must do is to clear any tension between them and their kids regarding internet safety.
The world is changing at a very fast rate and while you can’t make your kids stay away from the internet forever, what you can do is to teach them how to keep themselves safe.
You need to educate them about what is appropriate and remind them that safety should be their foremost concern when they are browsing online.
Keep Your Devices Where You Can See Them
While there is only so much you can do to tell your kids that they need to keep themselves safe, you have to make sure that you check up on them whenever you can.
The best way to do that is to put your home desktop or laptop where you can casually see what they are doing online and who they are talking to.
Never let your small kids spend too much time on the internet without supervision.
You can also come to an agreement with your kids about not using internet devices in bedrooms, washrooms, or alone.
Install Tools and Software Programs on Your Devices
The woes of the internet have taken every parent by shock as you see news of child abduction or online harassment every day.
To make sure that your kid is not a victim of such things, you can install parental control restrictions on your web browsers to limit your kid’s internet access.
You can also use a VPN that protects your browsing activity so that a stranger isn’t able to find out your location through the internet.
Whether you believe it or not, the internet is a dangerous place, and you have to do everything in your power to keep yourself and your kids safe.
Keep Track Of Their Online Time
Last but not least, you should also make sure that your kids don’t spend more than 2 to 3 hours online. While the internet is a good place to learn a lot of new things, it is also a very dangerous place.
If your kids are tempted to spend too much time on the internet, you should offer them other activities like playing outside as it is equally important for their physical and mental growth.
You can also switch off your Wi-Fi at night so that your kids aren’t able to sneak up on you and browse the internet.
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