The Internet is an incredibly useful tool in today’s world, however it is also overpowering and a little scary at times. Children are exposed to such much at a young age these days thanks to the Internet and easy access. However, despite the downfalls, the Internet can be a fantastic learning resource for kids! There are plenty of educational games and opportunities for children of all ages. If you’re just getting set-up, our team at Black Tie IT can help with the installation of your networks, servers and firewalls, but here are a few tips to help make sure your children stay safe on the Internet!
- Have a tech base
Many families these days are incorporating a “tech base” into their household where all electronics must remain. For instance, kids must put their phones there at night or communal iPads and such much stay plugged into the base. Having such a routine makes it easy for parents to monitor how often their children are looking at screens all day and it keeps provides a communal feel (i.e. nothing is too private).
- Privacy is Your Best Friend
Before providing your child with their own phone, or allowing them to use the Internet make sure they are aware of how to protect themselves and their information. Often, parents drill basic information into their kid’s heads making sure they know their name, phone number, address, ect., but this can be dangerous information when it comes to the Internet. Don’t scare your children, but make sure they understand exactly what information they should never give out or type in. Discuss with them on a basic level how this information can have negative effects.
- Keep passwords private
Kids catch on quick, so don’t think that they’ll forget a password just because you tell them once. Keep the passwords to things like your iTunes account or App store account private so you are able to monitor each purchase or download your child is making. If your kids have to ask you each time they want to make a purchase or download it also helps prevent a sense of entitlement.
- Consider Kid-Friendly Searches
If your child is really young, there are some great resources out there to help you make sure they stay extra protected from things they shouldn’t be looking at. These child-friendly search engines only provide search results for websites that are kid-approved and don’t contain any dangerous or inappropriate links. By allowing your child to use these, you can allow them to roam the Internet without having to worry about what they’re clicking on.
- Communication is key
One of the best ways to ensure that your children are being safe on the Internet is to keep them talking. Check in with your kids while they’re playing games or searching things and ask them to tell you about what they’re doing. Hearing them explain what they’re looking at or the types of games they’re playing can help you stop any potential red flags, and also feel more connected to the types of things your child is learning about.