10 things you can do to protect your child online

Nowadays the internet is providing a platform where kids access useful information that help them in completing assignments, engage in interactive games and socialize with friends. Unfortunately, besides harboring important information, the internet also exposes children to dangers that parents cannot afford to overlook. Some of these dangers include; pornography, cyber bullying, vulgar language, children predators among others. Of course no parent wants their children to be exposed to such risks.

Here are 10 effective things to help you provide your child with maximum online protection

  1. Ensure that your child is supervised when using the internet. Every time your children are surfing the internet, it is important that a grown up person monitors the sites they visit.

  2. Set control measures on time spent: You can control screen time by ensuring that you or any other adult in the family is available to supervise your child.

  3. Tell your child not to disclose personal information to strangers: Children predators and identity thieves are on the rise. It is thus important that you advise your children to never share their photos, personal or family’s information with people they don’t know.

  4. Install internet filters in your computer: Internet filters will discourage opening of offensive websites, content and even pictures. For instance, Social Shield and Safe Eyes are some of the effective software filters.

  5. Monitor their chat rooms: Ensure that you can access their social media accounts and go through their friend’s lists, their posts and inbox messages.

  6. They must inform you when they plan to meet friends made online: This will give you a chance to first confirm the identity of the person. If you approve their meeting, accompany your child to the meeting and ensure it is in a public place.

  7. Install browsers for kids in your computer: An example of a kid friendly browser is kid browser 1.1 where your child is not exposed to unhealthy information.

  8. Tell them to ask permission before uploading or downloading files: Some files might be infected with viruses which can be harmful. To be on the safe side, disable the upload features.

  9. Discourage them from filling forms and surveys: Let them know that they must consult you first before filling any forms online.

  10. Have regular discussions on the type of content they should read or watch from the internet: Make sure that the children understand that certain content is harmful to them and they must never go through such contents even when at a friend’s home. Encourage them to tell you about friends who go through unhealthy sites.

In conclusion, it is clear that protecting your child is not such a difficult task. With the above guidelines, you will keep all risks at bay.

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  • Some parents that I know have taken classes and they’re happy they did. They learned how to set parental blocks for certain websites and other things on the computer.

  • Great list. It would also help if parents took some computer classes. Learn about how to keep track of the activity on your computer. Your kids will probably know so its good for you too.

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