While the internet is a great source of information and entertainment for kids it also exposes them to some risks. Kids are prone to risks like Invasion Of Privacy, Verbal Belligerence ( receive obnoxious comments ), Harassment or Threats, Exposure To Inappropriate Information. It is not possible for parents to be there with kids when they are using internet. But developing some rules can keep kids safe online. Keeping your kids age in mind just follow the given below suggestions and keep your kids safe online.
1:Buy a desktop computer to your kids and place it in a common area of your home. It would help you to monitor your kids’ use of computer.
2:Parents should have some know-how of using internet.
3:Write down some guidelines for your kids’ internet use on a chart paper and post it near the computer. These could be on the following topics:
- Amount of time kids are allowed to use the internet.
- Sites they can visit.
- Information they should not reveal online.
- Any information or incident which disturbs your kid should be brought to your attention.
4:Teach your kids not to share there personal information online. For example:
- Home address
- Home telephone number or cell number
- Name and location of the school
- Personal photograph
- Parents’ work location
- Parents’ work telephone number
- Credit card information
- Email address
5:Surf internet with your kids. It would help you to know about your kids areas of interest on internet and inform you about the activities your kids do on internet. It will help you to know which social networking sites they are using, what types of data they are downloading and which games they are playing online ( some games are very violent ). It will also help you to know about the online friends of your kid.
6:Teach your kids netiquette. It is just like etiquette. Encourage your kids to communicate with others in a polite manner when they are online.
7:Parents should install software on computer to block access to offensive information on the internet. Many softwares are available online which filter out offensive sites and restrict objectionable emails.
8:Enable the history function on your browser to see which sites your kid has accessed (unless your kid has figured out how to delete the history).
9:Teach your kids that people they meet online are strangers and they are not always whom they claim to be. A sixteen-year-boy may in fact be a thirty five-year-old man. Don’t tell them your real name and always use gender-neutral screen name while talking with others in a chat room.
10:Have a joint email address with your kid to monitor her mail. Tell him not to open an unknown email attachment because opening an unknown email could harm your computer by exposing it to a virus.
11:Tell your kids to get permission before making any online purchase. It is better not to tell your kids your credit card number or check out your credit card bill for online purchase.