The digital age is moving faster than ever. People are more hands-on with digital networks and the internet.
Now, the good thing is that the internet is very helpful in the learning process of children. There is so much content that is child-friendly and can be utilized to make the children learn while playing. But, on the downside, it cannot be ignored that the internet is full of risks and dangers. Therefore, parents must stay alert and should make sure that their children are safe online.
Keep a check on their online activity
The very thing that every parent should do is keep a check of the devices their children use. Ask them about the websites they use, and why they use it. Make sure to place the computers where they are visible, restrict them from using phones, laptops, etc. in their rooms. Set passwords in devices and do not them the code.
Secure the devices and networks
While making sure that the kids are safe online, one should make themselves more online savvy. Be aware of how the devices work and keep the devices safe by setting passwords, updating the OS, and installing anti-virus and anti-malware solutions. Also, keep a check on the browsing history of the devices. Keep the parental control ON at all times, and restrict websites that are not child-friendly.
Virtual private network
One can use virtual private networks to reinforce safety. A VPN will keep the network safe as it gets connected to a secure server and gets encrypted. This way, the entire network used by the child will be safe and the data will be secure. Also, keep the location systems of the devices and social media OFF. This way, one’s location will not be public.
Who are their friends online?
Now, going online on social media and other websites means the kids will be talking and communicating with others. This can be unsafe. Though one cannot stop their kids from talking to people, they can definitely be taught better. Learn who their friends are, and, if possible talk to those online friends and be sure. This way, one can check if there is any bad influence on the children like cyberbullying or impersonation. Also, one should teach their children to stay away from unhealthy influencers. Also, teach them to use block options, report abuse settings, and privacy settings on social media.
Teach them about responsibility
One of the biggest things that can keep anybody safe on the internet and social media regardless of their age is; responsibility. One should behave responsibly online and should keep themselves aware and alert at all times. Teach children about what they can share online and what they cannot. Pictures, details, etc. that are posted online can be used, and therefore, children should be taught bout digital safety.
To keep the children safe online, parents should be alert and should be proactive in their safety measures. Yes, sometimes children tend to get angry, but that is when they should be informed about various online risks. The most crucial thing is that every parent should be talking to their children openly and lead by example to teach the difference between good and bad. Keeping an open channel of communication with children is vital, in keeping them safe online.