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As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to keep your children out of harm’s way but sometimes you can’t always be there to protect them. Sometimes, all you can do is impart your wisdom and hope that they make the right decision.
We now live in an age where technology and the internet are inextricably woven into our everyday lives. Kids are learning all about the internet and social media in the classroom and as technology continues to improve, the ways children can access the internet continue to increase. It’s begun to reach a size and magnitude that parents simply cannot hope to hide their children from the dangers the internet can pose. That’s why it’s important for parents to inform their children on the principals of safe internet browsing.
If you aren’t sure how to approach the topic with your children, we have a few pearls of wisdom you can impart.
1. The importance of anonymity. The less strangers know about your children online the less chance they have to bring potential harm to them. The internet is a great way for friends to stay in touch, but your kids need to know right off the bat that their private information needs to stay private. It’s a lot like how you used to tell your children not to talk to strangers, the same rule applies online. No full names, no addresses, contact information and especially no numbers of any kinds. If your kids are going to use the internet for any kind of socializing they need to understand the importance of only talking to people that they know.
2. Opening strange emails. Just as your children should not be talking to strangers online, they should also not be opening any emails that are from senders they don’t recognize. It is far too easy for a computer to become compromised and all it takes is the click of a mouse. One attachment downloaded could create dozens of problems including compromised personal information and even danger to your children and their online identity.
3. The internet is a tool, not a toy. Your children should be primarily using the internet for research purposes, for school, and occasionally for socializing or gaming with people they know or who you have approved. Unfortunately, there are lots of inappropriate sites and features that your children should not be exposed to. Luckily, there are filtering services that are capable of blocking access to these problem sites and most of them are free if you know where to look. If you aren’t sure, you can always contact your service provider or the local police to get pointed in the right direction.
The internet isn’t going anywhere, folks. But that doesn’t mean you and your children need to live in fear of it. You just need to inform your children of the dangers and make sure you communicate regularly to make sure everything is all right. If you follow these tips then your teen’s trips through the internet will be a little safer.
About the Author: Brian Edwards has spent the better part of his career writing for clear wire internet and enjoys showing people, young and old, the benefits of safe internet browsing.