Protect your kids on the internet
The internet can be a great tool for your child to do research for a school project, communicate with their teachers, and play interactive learning games. There is a vast source of knowledge and information all at the click of their fingers. The flip side of this is that there are also many dangers lurking around every corner on the web. From MySpace, Twitter, Bebo, Facebook, email, instant messaging to cyber-bullying. Before your child get's online, we have some simple steps below to help keep your children safe when they are online.
Stay involved and be a part of your child's daily activity on the web. Talk to them and let them know that if something happens that they are uncomfortable with that it's ok to tell you. This will help form a great relationship between you and your child and make web surfing safer.
Do not give out any personal information
Make sure to let your kids know that it's not safe to give out their full names, phone numbers, or home address on the web. Kids that have access to social networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook will have many online friends that you will never know about. Sexual predators will usually setup user profiles, with fake ages, and fake pictures to trick kids into becoming friends with them.
Use a junk mail or spam filter
Use a junk mail or spam filter for your childs email. Spam filters will help to filter out all of that unwanted and usually dirty content. From pornagraphic material to illegal drug use, spam filters will automatically filter mail according to your chosen criteria and delete the content before your child has a chance to view it.
Internet monitoring software
Use internet monitoring software. Internet monitoring software can run in the background where it's not detectable by the user of the computer. This software can capture everything from instant messages, chats, email and the websites that they have visited. Some software allows you to take a picture or screenshot when certain keywords are typed in. This can be a valuable tool to keep track of what sites your kids are surfing and who they are chatting with. Another simple method is to check your child's browsing history. Some older children are aware that they can delete their browsing history. If you notice that the history has been deleted, sit down and let your child know that this is not acceptable.
Author: Kyle Lanning