Published: Apr 25, 2016 1:15 PM
Do you know what your kids are doing online
Do you know what content they are viewing?
Do you know who they are talking to?
Do you know what arrangements they are making
with the people they are talking to?
Do you feel they are safe?
These are questions every parent should consider
when giving their child access to any technology that connects to the internet.
This includes mobile phones, tablet type computers, iPods and computers in all
The internet is a wonderful, amazing “place”, but it
can also be a dangerous one.
Here are some ways to make sure your kids are
safe on line:
LOCATION OF DEVICE
As a parent I always look for the easiest way to
make sure my kids are safe online.
Keeping their devices in the main traffic areas of the home is a simple
way of making sure that a quick look over the shoulder can be done. Generally, if kids are out in the main area
of the home they won’t go to sites that they wouldn't want others in the home
to know they are going to; or do anything online they wouldn’t want others
Another way of helping to stop kids from
visiting untoward sites is making them aware that you are checking their PC or
device. Knowing all their passwords is the key here, with rules that if you
don't know the password they don't get to use the device.
There are some software tools that can help
block sites you don't want your child having access to. There are also software
tools that can be used by businesses to monitor what their employees are doing
on company time with their computers. These tools can be used to keep your kids
The most effective (in my opinion) way to keep
your kids safe online is to talk to them about what they are doing online. Teach
them safe browsing habits. Guide them when you find them visiting a site that
may be a problem. Talk to them about who they are talking to online. Do they personally know everyone on their
friends list? Are they sure that who
they are talking to is who they say they are?
These are the types of discussions that should be had with your children
to help make sure they are safe.
Feel free to contact me if you need any advice /
help in this area. With kids myself it’s an issue close to my own heart and one
I am passionate about. I would be happy
to direct you to the many resources available to help keep your kids safe