The Top 9 Internet Safety TIPS for your Children and Family Members.

The Top 9 Internet Safety TIPS for your Children and Family Members.

1. First educate yourself, then, your child. 

Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your child on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt; from not posting personal information to a site to understanding that people they are talking to may not actually be who they are. If the parents know the dangers themselves, this sets an example to the child to understand them as well.

2. Teach your children the obvious identity rules.

Tell your children NOT to put photos of themselves on the Internet or to give out their names, addresses, phone numbers, schools, or other personal information online. Many paedophiles (elder males sexually attracted to children) are looking out for their victims who are naïve about internet usage, and when they meet children online, they gather their personal information which they use to not only blackmail them, but also convince them into engaging in evil activities and abuse.

3. Install an internet filter OR family safety software.

Family safety software is becoming extremely advanced and an effective way to filter dangerous content. Additionally, this software usually comes with tools like time management, remote monitoring and reporting, and keystroke recognition, giving families greater peace of mind and manageability. However, in case one is unable to purchase such software, it is important to note that most computer Operating Systems like Windows come along with similar tools that are used to regulate and monitor how children and family members use the internet.

4. Know the dangers associated with the sites your children frequent.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Whether it's Myspace, Facebook or another social networking site, by knowing what people are doing on your children's favourite sites that could put them in harm's way, parents can educate their children and show them the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations.

5. Teach children what to do if they encounter pornography on a home or public computer such as at school library.

In a similar fashion to the fire warning of "stop, drop and roll," you can teach children to quickly turn off power to the computer monitor and go to get an adult. This can prevent a child from attempting to stop the situation by clicking more buttons (and thereby spreading the attack and being exposed to more porn).

6. Manage your children’s time on the internet.

Scheduling times when a child can be on the Internet and the amount they can be online ensures that you know when they are on the Internet and how long. By not allowing them to have free reign reduces their chances of being exposed to inappropriate content. These settings can be installed in the home computer so that even in the parent’s absence, children will be unable to logon the computer for the time not accepted for computer usage.

7. Keep computers and other internet connected devices out of children’s bedrooms and in open areas.

With PCs in the open, children will be less inclined to view and access material that may not be acceptable. There’s a saying that goes, “whenever a child is extremely quiet at home (especially out parent’s sight), it’s possible that they are either ill, or they are being engaged in evil activities”.

8. Create a relationship with children that is conducive to open communication.

Open communication and trust is extremely valuable. By letting children know what is expected from them and that their safety is a top priority, they will feel that if something happens --whether they are approached by a cyber-stranger or bully or receive an inappropriate e-mail - they can approach a parent to resolve the issue without feeling they are in trouble.

9. Understand internet privacy policies and they apply to your child. 

According to the FTC (http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html ), parents should be aware of the following as it pertains to protecting their children’s' privacy on the web



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