How to Make Sure Your Kids are Staying Safe on the Internet

by Heather

Keeping children safe on the internet is so important in this day and age. More and more children are using the internet, and that means more predators and bullies are using the internet to target them. There are so many ways your child could become a victim if they aren’t careful. They could be groomed, bullied, or even come across confusing information, such as pro anorexia sites. Here’s how you can make sure your kids are staying safe on the internet:

Talk to Them About Internet Safety

The moment your child starts to use a computer is the moment you should talk to them about internet safety. Be honest with them and explain why they need to be careful, and why they shouldn’t trust anybody on the internet. Make sure they know that people aren’t always who they say they are, and that they should never give out personal information about themselves.

Monitor Their Use

You can monitor their use in a few ways. You could put the family computer where you can clearly see what is going on, for example. You could make sure you’re always present while they use the computer. You could even check their internet history and block certain sites that you don’t want them to see. Some people consider monitoring their use like this spying, but if you think that’s what it takes to keep them safe then it’s up to you.

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Give Them Safe Sites to Use

Depending on what your child would like to do with the internet, give them some safe sites to use. If they want games, there are games to race online free at arcadelots. Make sure you also inform your child how they can tell if a site is safe or not.

Become Their Friend on Social Media

If your child insists on having social media, make one of the conditions that they become your friend on it too. This way, you can see who they’re friends with and what they’re posting. You might not want to go as far as monitoring their messages, but again, this is your call. Make sure they know that if they wouldn’t be comfortable with you seeing a post, they shouldn’t be posting it in the first place.

Make Sure They Know What Is Appropriate for Them to Post

Your kids should be fully aware of what is appropriate and what isn’t. They need to know that everything they put online can still come back to haunt them, even if it’s been deleted. Consider everything posted on the internet permanent. Make sure they know that it’s not OK to bully anybody or say nasty things, even if they don’t know them or they are a celebrity. They are still real people who can be affected by hurtful comments.

Pay Attention to Their Behavior

If their behavior changes, something could be going on. Monitor their computer use more closely and make sure they know they can speak to you.

Making your kids web-wise is imperative!

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Tania B January 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm
I wish more parents were aware of how to keep their kids safe on the net. It's unfortunate that we have to be so vigilant, however, that is the world we live in and it does nobody any good to pretend that it isn't so. Especially the kids.
Heather Pfingsten January 23, 2015 - 9:24 am
I agree 150%. This is something that is very important in our home as my daughter is 5 and we already feel it necessary to monitor her even when she is playing an educational game on our family iPad. It's a scary world out there. We have to protect our kids.
lindamanns January 22, 2015 - 12:27 pm
These tips are great. I feel it is so important to learn how to use the computer and the internet but safety is a big concern. Thank you so much for sharing
Heather Pfingsten January 23, 2015 - 9:25 am
Our children's safety is number one. I am glad this article has proved helpful!
anita (ashlee) January 22, 2015 - 9:31 pm
Thank you for this informational post. I find it really difficult to monitor my child's internet use without becoming to overprotective or controlling.
Sandy Cain January 22, 2015 - 10:41 pm
If I had a young (or even not-so-young) child now, I'd limit with parental controls just where they could go online. And I agree 100% about friending them on social media. I'd want to see EXACTLY what's going on with FB & Twitter, etc. And if all else failed, I'd be sitting right next to them at the computer or tablet. Privacy? I don't don't care at all about privacy when safety is involved!!!
Carol Nine January 23, 2015 - 10:42 am
Those are good tips. It is very important to make sure children don't get into any bad situations on the internet these days. I will pass this into on to my daughter for the grandkids.
adrienne z January 25, 2015 - 11:09 am
I used to monitor my boys on the internet and they hated my advice and think I'm crazy and overprotected. now that they are 17 and 19, it is impossible to monitor, but I still give my advice and opinions
Lula Ruger February 4, 2015 - 7:04 pm
This is so important I allways monitored my girls and i do not think kids should have unlimited use of the internet Thanks so much for this post
Lisa Brown February 11, 2015 - 6:26 am
Good list; keeping an eye on where they visit is really important
laura rubenstein February 21, 2015 - 3:17 pm
This is so scary! We need to be honest about the dangers of the internet. Maybe let them watch Web of Lies on ID. Also I don't think kids should be on social media til they are mature enough to use it.
Tatiana October 6, 2015 - 3:11 am
Useful tips. Internet safety is really a very important question, especially taking into account the fact that modern kids are smart enough to browse the net from early age. But it is great that nowadays there are software products which can help to ptotect kids' safety online, even when parents are at work.
Edna Williams February 21, 2016 - 3:22 pm
I agree! These helpful tips are so important! Thanks for sharing!

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