It is easy to get lost in the Internet, no matter how familiar you may be with it. Think about matters from a child’s perspective, with little to no experience at all on the web. If you are worried about how safe your children are on the Internet, there are some things you can do to protect them in the future. Here are some tips to help you protect your children on the computer.
Use Password Protection
If you don’t want your kids to get on the computer without your permission, protect it with a password. This needs to be something that the kids won’t easily figure out (like their birthday or the house phone number). Think about a word, number, or combination of keys you think your kids would never put in. Then you can ensure that you are in control of their Internet access.
Activate Parental Controls
Parental controls can prevent you from having to literally watch your child on the Internet. You can either approve specific sites for your kids to use, or you can prevent sites with certain words from coming up. For instance, you might allow your kids to go on YouTube, Disney.com, or WordGames.com. You might also prevent sites associated with porn from coming up. Whatever you choose, you will know that your child is safe.
Talk to Your Children
As obvious as this sounds, very few parents actually talk to their kids about using the Internet. They just open it up and see what the kids do. This is a bad idea, and it is sure to lead to disaster in the long run. My parents actually told me that there was a camera recording all of my activity on the computer when I was on. This didn’t turn out to be true, but it kept me from looking for bad sites. At the very least, explain to your kids how to be safe online. Hopefully, they’ll listen.
Check Your History
When your child gets off the computer, check the browsing history to see where he or she went. This will not only let you monitor your child’s activities, but it will allow you to block sites you don’t like or talk to your child about why those sites are bad. You have to be aware of everything that is going on, or your kids could get into trouble. That’s how you keep your kids save on the Internet.
About the Author: Ben Ainsworth is a family advocacy counselor who blogs about issues concerning our children and their safety. He recommends Technology Solutions of Utah for audio/visual services that are family oriented.