Here are some online safety tips for kids that all parents should know
Pre-teen online safety tips for browsing
- To be safe, encourage your child to keep their personal information private.
- Limit the number of hours he spends online by allocating a set time when he can browse the web and social networks.
- Don’t allow your pre-teen to have a social profile unless you have access to all usernames and passwords. Remember that Facebook has a minimum age requirement of 13.
- Communicate the dangers of the Internet. Explain the risks of meeting strangers who have made contact online and encourage open communication, making him feel comfortable enough to come to you with any concerns he may have.
- Insist all downloads and software installations be cleared with you first, to avoid your personal information being hacked or put at risk.
- Ensure he doesn’t send photos of or give out address details about himself or the family to anyone, or post such information on any online forum.
Teen online safety tips for browsing
- Explain online etiquette and the unspoken rules of the Internet.
- Don’t allow him to sign up to social networks without your permission.
- Monitor his online activity by making yourself aware of what social networks he’s using.
- Set up privacy controls on social network sites to limit contact with unknown users and ensure screen names don’t reveal too much about him.
Banish online bullying
With increasing incidents of cyber bullying, you must be vigilant about monitoring your child’s Internet activity, ensuring he only uses moderated chat rooms and that the parental control software is on at all times. To protect him against cyber bullies and ensure he doesn’t become a perpetrator himself, make sure you communicate the following rules of online behaviour…
- Never send emails, instant or text messages to others disguising yourself as another person.
- Never send rude, harassing or threatening messages to others.
- Never post embarrassing or inappropriate pictures or images of others on websites or social media.
- Always inform a parent or teacher about threats or bullying.
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