Online safety discussions have fallen behind as internet innovations have changed our lives over the past two decades. More than ever, modern parenting involves battling to control the internet experiences that kids and teenagers encounter.
Online safety depends on communication, therefore you should start talking about it with your kids as early as possible. Have regular discussions with your partner on how to stay safe online.
Make sure your child is aware that they can talk to you about anything that is upsetting them or if they see or encounter anything online that worries, upsets, or doesn’t feel quite right. Tell them you’re on their side and that you’ll be there for them.
1. Verify Their Privacy Settings on Social Media
Several social media networks do not by default have privacy options activated. They might have tools like location trackers.
2. Recognise Any Possible Privacy Threats in Your Home
Keep in mind that internet-connected toys and devices with AI assistants like Alexa collect information about how you use their products. Before configuring them, take care to review the privacy settings.
3. Consistently Monitor What Your Children Are Doing Online
A general understanding of how your child uses the internet might help you identify any potential privacy concerns you might need to address with them.
4. Consider Your Online Postings Regarding Your Child
Parents may unknowingly divulge personal information about their kids, such as the school they attend or frequented locations. Likewise, be careful who sees the images and videos you post online of your kids.
It takes work to monitor your children’s online activities. But, it’s a good idea to take precautions to keep an eye on who they speak to, where they travel, what they eat, and what they download.
Moreover, it’s a good idea to occasionally talk to your children about online behaviour and whether they still agree with the house rules. The objective is to promote safe and wise online behaviour in your children while keeping them safer online.