Having your children familiarized with the use of the Internet is a very good thing, since most of the information we receive comes from the Internet and it is highly recommended for everyone to be able to use it. Also, this is a very important socializing factor next to family, school and pair group. The problem is that the Internet does not only contain useful information. Since everyone who owns a computer with an Internet connection can upload everything they want, there is a great chance your children visit dangerous websites that can affect the way they grow and how they relate to the others. Here are some tips regarding online safety for kids.
First of all, you have to teach your kid to keep personal information to him or herself. They should never give the following: passwords, living addresses neither to meet anyone they are talking to over the net. Another thing that is very important when it comes to online safety for kids is to carefully select the websites they visit. The next step is: to make sure your children are aware of what to visit (or not) and your presence is needed each time your kids are surfing the Internet. Also, block the web pages you encounter that have a content that might harm your kid and affect his/ her further evolution.
Dedicate time to be with your children when they are accessing the Internet. Watch what are their main activities when using the Internet. You will then be able to help them in a positive way and to educate them not to use the Internet for wasting purposes. The Internet is very useful when it means finding facts and knowledge. It can also be a distraction if your children need to do something else (like home works).
Bookmarked webpages that only your children will visit is a good tip to use. Another thing you should do is create a separate limited account for your child and setup filters in the browser to stop them from visiting sites that are not appropriate.