Keep Your Kids Safe Online: Teach Them the Right Habits Early On
There’s no way to prevent online dangers, threats, and nuisances. As a parent, the best you can do is teach your child how to avoid those dangers and stay safe while they’re online.
While you can utilize safety controls and features to block them from visiting specific sites, at some point, your kids are going to have access to the internet away from home. Teaching them good safety habits early on ensures they don’t get into the wrong sites, or in contact with the wrong people, who pose a threat to them.
Teaching Your Kids the Appropriate Online Protocol
Teach your kids who to avoid engaging with, which sites and chat rooms pose dangers, and the threats social media poses for kids who are below a certain age. There are reasons Facebook and other sites require kids to be 13-years of age, or older, to have an account. Teaching your kids about those dangers and how to avoid them can improve online safety.
Safety Habits for Kids & Adults
Employing certain safety habits can help improve online safety for everyone at home. Lead by example to teach your kids how to do the following best practices:
- Keeping personal information safe (not sharing credit card, names, social security number, etc.) with sites/people
- Maintaining privacy settings on
- Practicing safe browsing
- Using a secure internet connection (only visit https:// sites)
You should also limit what your kids can download, and put blocks in place to prevent online purchases without parental consent.
You can teach your kids so much. However, there are some tactics you have to employ to enhance security further and keep your kids (and personal information) safe.
Afford Your Kids Some Liberty: Show Them You Trust Them
One of the main reasons kids disobey parents is because they aren’t allowed to do anything. Give your kids certain times they can use the laptop or tablet at home. Give them a block of time daily (30 minutes or an hour), and allow them to earn more time for good behavior and good grades. Allow your kids to have more internet time as they get older to show them you trust them and are affording them greater responsibilities. By giving your children certain liberties, they’ll be more likely to follow your wishes.
Utilizing Parental Controls to Enhance Security
Just like you limit screen time to certain hours of the day, parents should also utilize parental safety. Put restrictions on websites which are dangerous. Require parental passwords or other security measures (such as biometric/fingerprint scans) before allowing a user to access the laptop, tablet, or other devices. You can’t be too careful when it comes to online safety. And, even if your child isn’t trying to access a “bad” site, many people who do harm online, mask their sites with innocent names. With the appropriate parental blocks in place, you can limit what your kids see online.
Protect Your Family’s Identity Online
Protecting your family name, identity, and most importantly, your children should be a leading concern for parents when teaching their children online safety tactics. Utilizing identity theft protection plans to secure your family’s financial information, and personal information (for each family member/kids) is a great way to increase online security. Even the most obedient kids will visit sites which prompt them to join an email list or add payment information, which is why it’s critical to have professionals on alert making sure that your information isn’t popping up in any of the internet’s dark corners.
As a parent, online security is imperative. Especially today, given cyber theft, threats, and so many inappropriate people and content which is at anyone’s fingertips online. You need to teach your kids the right habits from an early age. By allowing them the opportunity to browse the web, rather than completely restricting it, you’re showing your kids that you trust them. Doing this not only teaches them responsibility, but it is also likely to result in them obeying your wishes, and following the safety tips you teach them.