The threat of internet security and devices regardless of age. Children’s users are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Therefore, it is important for parents to chat with their children, about the safety of surfing the internet.
“Internet security is a ‘heavy’ topic, it seems difficult to discuss it with children.” Do any of you think that?
Then, How to Teach Children about Internet Safety?
Children are now growing up in the online world. Take your time to introduce the basics of privacy and security so they understand and differentiate between what is safe and what is not.
Stay in control
Naturally, children have a high curiosity and will try many things as they get older. You can download applications or activate features that function as Parental Control on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and internet connections.
This method can filter and block inappropriate content while controlling how much time children spend while surfing online.
Remind children of the time they can spend surfing online, including exploring websites, playing in various applications, playing games, and exchanging messages.
Basically, ‘don’t do anything online that you don’t do yourself’. It’s important to remind children that anyone can see our social media profiles, post content that is difficult to delete and leave a digital footprint.
The internet is a complete resource for children to learn. Encourage children to discuss what websites they like to access, and what activities they do there.
Understand that sometimes children accidentally open inappropriate content and they can report it directly to you.
Make a deal
Choose the right time to convey the message and the rules that you make. The first-day children get a smartphone or tablet, is the most appropriate moment to provide guidance on online activities that they can do.
The responsibility of adults and parents is to protect children, including protection in the online world. When your child is old enough, make sure you stay friends and follow his social media. Surely there will be rejection in the beginning. But, make this one of the requirements so they can get internet access.
Follow the agreed rules. That is, no one can open a smartphone, laptop or tablet, including not allowed to send electronic messages while having breakfast or dinner together. Or if forced to do it, explain to children, some rules can be applied differently to adults.
I hope it may be useful!