How to Teach Your Child About Internet Safety

How to Teach Your Child About Internet Safety

How to Teach Your Child About Internet Safety - Tips For Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Networking SitesWith social networking sites becoming a part of everyday life, it doesn’t come as a surprise to note that more and more kids seem to fancy the very thought of joining a social networking site as soon as they reach the desired age limit (some even lie about their age in order to get access).

As parents, it is our moral responsibility to teach them the dos and dont’s they would need to observe while on the internet. And even though we cannot restrain them from joining social networking sites, we can however be precautious enough to keep them from going astray!

Here are some useful tips for parents who are in a dilema as to how to control their kids’ social networking habits even before they join one. Remember, a little guidance will go a long way in shaping up their lives and keeping them safe from internet prowlers and the likes.

The first thing you would probably want to do before educating your child about a particular subject would be to learn a bit about it yourself. This way you can easily answer the first question that pops out of his/her mouth when you dish out some advice, “What do you know about the internet?”

If you have not joined any particular social networking site, join one immediately. With Facebook crossing more than 500 million users worldwide, you will be rest assured your kids would want to join it as soon as they turn 13 (Facebook limits its users to above 13 years of age).

Joining a social networking website like Facebook would enable you to learn the nuances of the site including the kind of information you can share, profile settings, restrictions with regard to who can see your profile and who cannot; and other general rules. In addition to garnering essential information about the site and its terms and conditions; you can help your child walk through the steps later on!

Remember all those times you asked your kid to speak the truth! Well the same applies for social networking sites too. Teach your kids the importance of being transparent online. If a website denies permission for kids younger than 13 years to access it, gently persuade your kid to switch to something else.

Your kids would tend to become curious and as a result may act smart, or even stubborn. Do not force them, rather sit down with them and talk about what is right and wrong for kids their age. Gentle persuasion would definitely bear fruit!

The next most important thing that you would want to teach your kids about social networking sites would be the kinds of information he/she can share online. While being transparent is essential, too much transparency could also wreck havoc.

Teach your kids the importance of not revealing certain information that could cause trouble later on. For example, sharing personal phone numbers, social security numbers, and mailing addresses etc. can be quite dangerous and attract unwanted attention.

Make sure that they understand that certain information if revealed could be dangerous for the entire family as a whole. For example, sharing information about the vacation you are about to go on and the number of days you would be away is not at all a wise option; and you need to make sure that your kids understand that and the reason behind the same.

If you find your kids have an online profile in the same social networking website that you do, become online friends. This would enable you to learn what they are talking about to whom. You can browse through their friend’s list to see if they might be interacting with people you find suspicious or faulty.

As said before, you can never stop your kids from joining online networking sites. As a consolation, you can actually teach them the dangers of sharing personal information online. Talk to them about the possibilities of their personal information being misused online.

And do remember to tell them that although they might erase essential information from their profiles, the data would always be stored in the particular site’s private servers and could possibly be released at a later date.

And finally! Although parent children interaction has decreased tremendously these days, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can let your kid sit in front of the computer all day while you go about tending to your chores.

Make sure that you get your child to enjoy other activities apart from the internet. Family games, outings, picnics, cinemas would actually prevent your kids from becoming addicted to these sites which already have innumerable number of fanatics and addicts!

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